Supported living and Shared Lives
Supported living care professionals work with individuals who have chosen to rent or buy their own accommodation, but require support to live independently. Supported living settings come in a variety of forms. Examples include shared homes, privately rented flats and flats within an accommodation block that is specifically designed for adults with social care needs.
The type of support that care professionals provide may include assistance with budget planning, managing bills, shopping for food, preparing meals and cleaning. Supported living workers also help people to access social activities, such as trips to the pub or a leisure centre. Staff in supported living settings are trained to work with people to maximise their independence and support them to be actively involved in their communities.
The Shared Lives scheme is a service that brings together people who require support to live independently and paid carers who open up their family homes. Shared Lives carers support people for short or long-term placements. Carers are self-employed but are supervised and managed by the local authority. You can find out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer by contacting the Leicestershire Shared Lives scheme.
Explore the local case studies below to find out what it is like to work for a supported living service.
Watch this video to find out what inspired Amar to make the move from a career in logistics to his current role supporting people to live independently in their homes.
Read Julia's story to find out what attracted her to the Shared Lives scheme and why she loves her role.
Watch our interview with Ash and Tracy to find out how they became their own boss by setting up their own supported living service.
Read Kev's story to learn what inspired him to retrain as a support worker after retiring from his career in legal investigation.
Read Lynda's story to find out how being a Shared Lives career has changed her life and career journey.
Read Miranda's story to learn how her career progressed after starting as a part-time support worker during her university studies.
Watch this video to hear from Jodi, Johnny and Lisa about how their support workers help them to live life to the full.
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