What is Shared Lives?

Shared Lives offers accommodation and support within approved family homes to people.

It:

  • Includes an approved Shared Lives Carer
  • Can provide the support people need
  • provides people with their own room

 

Who is Shared Lives for?

It is a Service for adults aged 18 or over who need help and support in a Shared Lives arrangement.

They may be:

  • A person with a learning disability
  • A person with a physical disability
  • A person with mental health problems
  • A person with other health or sensory difficulties or who is unable to live alone because of their age

The service provides people with a long-term home and support, a short break, or daytime support within a family home setting in the community.

What types of care do Shared Lives provide?

The service is broken down into the following categories;

 

Long Term Care

This means that the person can live with shared lives carers that they have been matched with in their home. The person will have their own bedroom decorated and furnished to their liking. They will share the facilities of the house; have meals and drinks provided and be supported to take part in social and leisure activities of their choice.

Short breaks

These breaks range from overnight stays up to weeks at a time but always have an agreed end date. As mentioned above the person will have their own bedroom decorated and furnished to their liking. They will share the facilities of the house; have meals and drinks provided and be supported to take part in social and leisure activities of their choice.

Emergency Care

Shared lives carers are able to support individuals at very short notice to help manage emergency situations. I.e. A parent or carer may be rushed to Hospital. In these situations the support will be given for as long as required.

Day Care – up to 8 Hours

Day care services that are tailored to meet the individual requirements. The service can be delivered in the shared lives homes or out in the community. With this service the person will choose what they want to do i.e. be supported to manage personal care, visit places of interest in the community and they will be matched up with a carer so that they can do it.

Sessions – up to 4 hours

Sessions are the same as day care with the only difference being that they are shorter in time ranging from 1 hour of support to 4 hours support.

Course Name: Innovate Awarding Organisation Award for Practitioners Working in Shared Lives Arrangements RQF (9 credits)

Course Provider: PortWell UK Assessment Centre.

Awarding Body: Innovate Awarding Organisation.

Innovate Centre Registration Number: 865.

Course Type: RQF Award.

Awarding Body Course Number: 378.

Units:

  1. D/616/5406: Prepare to Support Individuals Within a Shared Lives Arrangement (4 credits)
  2. R/616/5354: Provide Support for Individuals Within a Shared Lives Arrangement (5 credits)

Cost: £325.00 per Learner

Training: This can be arranged for groups of 5 or more at an extra cost of £250.00 per half day and £500.00 for a full day.

Who is the Course for? Anyone who currently works as a Shared Lives Carer.

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Background to the qualification:

A need has been identified by local authorities to provide an excellent quality short qualification to those people working as Shared Lives Carers. It is a 2 unit award so it is manageable enough for the learner complete without impacting too much on the busy home, work and family life for the Shared Lives Carer.

How will it be assessed?

Every Shared Lives Carer will be provided with their own experienced health and social care assessor who will guide, support and plan with the learner in order to help them to complete their qualification.

The qualification will be assessed holistically taking in to account the individual and unique learning needs of the Shared Lives Carer to include:

  • Direct Observation by a qualified assessor working with a service user
  • Completion of the Shared Lives Work Book
  • Witness Testimony from the Shared Lives Manager/Supervisor/Service User (as appropriate)
  • Examination of written records
  • Questioning by the assessor.

 

What are the progression opportunities for the Shared Lives Carer upon completion?

Upon completion of the qualification the Shared Lives Carer can access further qualifications on the RQF framework such as the Diplomas in Care Levels 2, 3 and 4.

 

How can I find out more about the programme?

By contacting:

Ali Porteous: ali@portwell-uk.com or telephone 07966 460906

Richard Cresswell: richard@portwell-uk.com or telephone 07368 271177

Visit our Website at: www.portwell-uk.com