Could you care for a vulnerable adult in your home?
What do Shared Lives carers do?
- Some Shared Lives carers offer respite care, meaning they are able to provide short-term support, for example at weekends or a few days at a time.
Others decide to have people living with them on a long-term basis.
We are always looking for carers of both types in Lewisham.
Who can become a Shared Lives carer?
All kinds of people can become Shared Lives carers, for example:
- couples or single people
- anyone over the age of 21
- families with or without children
- homeowners or tenants
You should have a desire to help people with additional needs to be as independent as possible in a family environment.
You must live in the borough and have at least one spare bedroom in your home.
What you get as a carer
careful matching of the person with you and your family
regular support from the Shared Lives coordinator
regular support meetings with other carers
access to other services and professionals in Lewisham
access to support from Shared Lives Plus, the national organisation.
You will be paid a weekly fee and will be self-employed. This means you will be responsible for making your own national insurance and tax payments.
You will also benefit from tax concessions.
Although you are paid, our carers feel that the scheme is more of a lifestyle choice than a job.
Becoming a carer
Becoming a Shared Lives carer is an in-depth process, similar to becoming a foster carer. It includes a very detailed assessment, police check and references.
Shared Lives is monitored by the Care Quality Commission, who ensure that care is provided to a high standard.
Register your interest
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Shared Lives carer, please fill in the online form and we will contact you.