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Shared lives is a support and care service offered through both Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council.
The service offers care and support within the homes of approved families for people who need support and care due to:

  • A learning disability
  • A mental health issue
  • Support or care due to their age
  • A physical disability
  • Other disabilities or impairments which cause them to be vulnerable or at risk.

The person receiving the care and support stays in the Shared Lives family’s residence for a period of time. The length of time this arrangement is in place will depend on the individual’s circumstances, and could be:
Long term – Living with an approved Shared Lives family, with a personalised bedroom space within their home, while receiving support and care from them.
Short breaks – the arrangement is the same as a long-term stay, with a personalised bedroom, but for a shorter length of time. This could be between an overnight stay or a few weeks, depending on the circumstances and needs of the individual.
Day Care arrangements – these are stays of 4 or 8 hours each day, depending on circumstances, and can include help with personal care or support to get out and about.
Emergency care – Shared Lives carers are able to support individuals whose main source of support is suddenly unavailable. This can happen for a range of reasons.

Shared Lives families and carers are matched with individuals based on needs, circumstances, availability and lifestyle. You will need an assessment to see if you are
eligible for support. Both Local Authorities can provide more information on the Shared Lives service and how to access it. For Nottingham City Council, you can call 0115 876 5846, or for Nottinghamshire County Council, the number is 0300 500 80 80. Both numbers are charged at the usual local rate.

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