Support a vulnerable adult in your home by becoming a Shared Lives Carer

Posted on Friday 8th February 2019

Did you know 96 adults across Bournemouth and Poole who have a disability or are an older person benefit from living with a Shared Lives Carer?

Shared Lives Carers welcome clients into their home as part of the family and enable them to live in a home setting with the support they need.

Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole run a Shared Lives service which offers help to those aged 18 and over who have a learning disability, mental health concerns, a physical disability or is an older person needing care and support.

Tricia, from north Bournemouth has been a Shared Lives Carer for eight years and has cared for a number of adults with varying needs over the years. Currently she looks after a man in his mid-fifties with learning disabilities who is unable to live on his own and requires help with day to day tasks.

She said: “I am passionate about the concept of ‘Shared Lives’. The benefits to the individual are enormous. They have the opportunity to stay or become part of a family unit and sometimes it’s their first opportunity to feel wanted and ‘normal’. The family members of the individual have the reassurance of knowing that the person is being treated well and respectfully – Shared Lives Carers work with the family with regard to all aspects of the individual’s life.

“The responsibilities of looking after a vulnerable adult cannot be taken lightly but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. It is a way of life, not just a job. I have the benefit and freedom of working from home. There is initial training and regular updates to ensure I’m comfortable and confident in my responsibilities.”  

Councillor Blair Crawford, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Bournemouth Borough Council said:

“It is encouraging to hear of the great success stories from our Shared Lives carers, who have made such a valuable contribution to the lives of vulnerable adults in Bournemouth and Poole. However, we do need more people to take on this valuable work – the benefits it brings to those who are being supported is life changing.”

Councillor Karen Rampton, Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, Borough of Poole said: “Shared Lives is an exciting project which provides community-based support to vulnerable adults, helping them to develop skills within a supportive home setting. I would encourage people who are interested in becoming Shared Lives Carers to find out more about this valuable scheme.”

Shared Lives placements can be long-term, short-term, respite or day support basis. Carers will be carefully matched with the adult to ensure the placement best suits everyone involved. Shared Lives Carers receive full training, ongoing support and payment for the people they care for.

Shared Lives Poole and Bournemouth are looking for new carers who can meet a variety of needs in a flexible way. If you feel you could offer this unique & valuable care & support do please get in touch by calling: 01202 096655 or email

For more information about the service, please visit our Shared Lives page

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