Somerset County Council

Shared Lives Scheme


The Shared Lives scheme and who can use it
The scheme provides family-based support for adults with learning or physical disabilities, or mental health difficulties if they are eligible following a care assessment. It is for adults who wish to move on from where they currently live, for example living at home with parents.

It is an alternative to more traditional residential accommodation. 

Families can support up to three people, by welcoming them into their home and supporting them to take part in their community and be part of family life. Stays can be for any length of time, from a weekend to a life-time.

Schemes are registered with the Care Quality Commission.

If you want to find out more about using the Shared Lives Scheme, please contact your social worker and ask them to discuss the scheme with you. 

You can find some more information in the 'What is Shared Lives?' leaflet  

Being a Shared Lives carer
Anyone over the age of 18 can be a Shared Lives carer. The scheme is open to couples, families or single people, and to home owners or tenants.

What a Shared Lives carer needs to provide
You would be asked to provide personal care, meet any particular religious, ethnic or cultural beliefs, as well as providing the everyday support for other family members, such as shopping, cleaning and getting involved in hobbies and social activities.

The application process is understandably thorough and can take 3 to 6 months. It includes home visits, DBS and health and safety checks, and registration with the Care Quality Commission.

A good financial package is offered. Please contact us to find out more.

Who to contact
If you want to find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer, please phone Wendy Bloss, the Shared Lives Scheme team manager on 01823 250501.


Contact: Customer Contact
Use the 'Contact Adult Social Care' form if you have a quick question for the team 
For a more detailed conversation please phone 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 321187
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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