Elaine with Shared Lives carer Ruth

Shared Lives - not apart but a part

Our Shared Lives scheme is just one way in which we’re supporting people to live well for longer.

It’s available to vulnerable adults over the age of 18 and sees people matched with a carer, who helps them to develop or maintain independent living skills, friendships and connections within their community.

They can choose to live in the carer’s family home permanently, stay with them for overnight short breaks or just visit for a few hours per week. They can also enjoy trips out or receive support at home.

Elaine with Shared Lives carer RuthThe early-intervention scheme helps to prevent people having to leave their homes permanently or needing more complex care.

Elaine, from the Congleton area, has been receiving support from Shared Lives carer Ruth, having spent years barely stepping outside her home.

Elaine said: “I really like going out with Ruth as before I felt quite lonely. I look forward to seeing her and having our weekly sessions and she’s become more like a friend to me. We have a great time and do lots together, like go for coffee, visit the garden centre and bake – it’s made my life a lot better.”

Ruth said: “Being in the care profession is so rewarding. All the individuals I see have different interests and we do different things together, but there has to be a connection between the two of you – and that’s why the matching process is so important. Elaine and I have a great time together and I get to enjoy the pleasure of her company.”

For more information about Shared Lives and the eligibility criteria, or if you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer, visit Live Well Cheshire East or call the team on 01260 375456.