Working in Shared Lives

What is Shared Lives?

Life is better with other people, but the Shared Lives scheme recognises not everyone has a suitable support system.

The shared lives scheme is designed to provide support for adults who find it harder to live independently. With the shared lives scheme, a person needing care is matched with a suitable carer. Shared lives carers provide physical, emotional, and social support. Shared lives jobs vary from weekly visits to full-time shared living situations.

What are the benefits of a Shared Lives career?

If you’re considering working in Shared Lives, here are a few of the reasons why you might want to get started:

  • Shared Lives is a tailored system, so carers are matched up with those they can support best - which means you can flourish as a carer
  • There are adaptable opportunities available, from daytime visits, to overnight stays, to full-time support
  • Part of Shared Lives is introducing a person to your home life — so, your job can include going on holiday and hosting parties
  • Take control of your career by becoming a self-employed Shared Lives carer
  • Shared Lives often provides a more stable income than some other forms of care work.

Responsibilities in a shared Lives Job

For Shared Lives carers, this is a job with some unexpected responsibilities. Duties can include:

  • Daytime visits and overnight stays
  • Assisting with everyday tasks
  • Teaching life skills
  • Assisting with social activities
  • Hosting and attending events
  • Introducing your supported person to family, friends, and the community.

Interested in starting your Shared Lives career?

You don’t necessarily need formal qualifications for a Shared Lives career, but you will most likely need to undertake a carer assessment. As well as this, your personality is key. You must be patient, flexible, sociable, and happy to help and learn. 

Get in contact with Kent Care Professionals to start your journey. 

Our current Shared Lives listings

Ready to start your career in care? See our shared lives listings to find the right role for you.

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As part of the development of recruitment around the care sector in Kent - Kent Care Professionals have a number of roles live and readily available now. Please click here to search for those roles and apply for your next step in social care in Kent.

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