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.

As a Shared Lives carer, you offer support and accommodation for up to two people with learning disabilities. You 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. It can be a long term arrangement, an overnight stay, a weekend break or a few weeks' holiday.

We need to assess if you are suitable. If your application is successful and we 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 offer you training and continuous support.

To find out more, please contact us.

0131 469 6225

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

How we assess Shared Lives carers

You are 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.


  • ask for references and carry out checks including medical checks, Disclosure Scotland's PVG check and 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 three or four months before the panel approve your application.