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There is lots of information and advice for people with a learning disability.

A good place to start is the Somerset Community Connect website. It has lots of information about equipment, community support and what services are available that you can find out about and arrange for yourself.

To find out how social services can help, please look at our Social Care – What we do page.

The Shared Lives scheme

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 lifetime.

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 more information in this Shared Lives – become a carer with us 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 homeowners or tenants.

You would be asked to provide personal care, meet any particular religious, ethnic or cultural beliefs, as well as providing 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
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • health and safety checks
  • registration with the Care Quality Commission

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

Last reviewed: April 30, 2024 by Victoria

Next review due: October 30, 2024

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