Shared Lives carers

Work with adults with learning disabilities

Shared Lives carers work with someone over the age of 16 who needs some help to live an ordinary life in the community. You would offer support and accommodation for up to two people with learning disabilities. You would help the person to live as independently as possible by

  • helping them with their every day care and health needs
  • supporting them to make choices and realise their potential.

Working as a Shared Lives carer is flexible so it can fit in with your life and availability. It can be on a long term arrangement, an overnight stay, a weekend break or a few weeks' holiday.

We will need to assess if you are suitable. If your application is successful and we can match you with someone looking for a Shared Lives carer, you would be self employed and paid a fee for the work you do. We will also offer you training and continuous support.

To find out more, please contact us.

0131 469 6225

shared.lives@edinburgh.gov.uk

You may also be interested in Shared Lives Plus, a support network for Shared Lives carers.

How we assess Shared Lives carers

You will be asked to

  • complete an application form
  • talk to a Shared lives worker to start the assessment process
  • meet regularly with your worker so we can learn about your values, experience, abilities and knowledge.

We will

  • ask for references and carry out checks including medical checks, Disclosure Scotland's PVG check and any appropriate Local Authority checks
  • write a report describing what you can offer someone needing a placement and make recommendations to the Placement Panel.

It can take 3 or 4 months before you application is approved by the panel.

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