Do you have it in your heart to open your home to somebody in need?
That’s the appeal from Knowsley’s Shared Lives Scheme, which recruits carers to provide home-based care for disabled adults, older people and young care leavers needing support.
For many adults placed with carers, this will be their first experience of being part of a loving family, and having the independence to live a fulfilling life in their local community.
There are lots of ways you can get involved with Shared Lives. You can offer a permanent home to someone, or short break support to give permanent carers a break. You will receive a nationally-agreed payment, extensive training and 24/7 support.
Both families and individuals of any age can get involved with Shared Lives – which offers a great opportunity if you’re looking for a new challenge, or maybe approaching retirement.
If you’re interested in getting involved in Shared Lives, contact 0151 443 2060.
Kay’s caring ways
Ask Kay Ramsay from Kirkby about her family and she’ll proudly tell you about her three children.
“I view Gary as my son,” says Kay who has been a permanent carer for Gary Capaldi since he joined her family in 1988. “He has been part of our lives for 28 years and our family would not be complete without him.”
Things weren’t always this settled for Gary, 51, who spent his early years in residential care. He befriended Kay’s daughter Nicola at a club for young people with special needs and soon became a frequent visitor at Kay’s Southdene home.
“Gary said he’d like to live with a family and within a year he moved in permanently with us. In recent years I’ve been a single carer and the support I’ve received from the Shared Lives scheme has been fantastic. Gary and Nicola also have respite carers, so I can have a break as well.”
And to anyone considering becoming a Shared Lives carer Kay has this advice:
“You get to meet lots of new people and we have a great time. It’s very rewarding knowing that you’ve made a difference to someone’s life. Just pick up the phone – you won’t regret it!”
Inspectors rate Shared Lives
Social care watchdog, the Care Quality Commission has given the Shared Lives Scheme a ‘good’ rating. Inspectors said that service users felt valued as people whose ‘views and opinions were listened to and respected.’
How can I get in touch?
If you’d like more information about Shared Lives, contact 0151 443 2060.