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Foster an adult with dementia

Could you open up your home and make a real difference to the life of someone living with dementia?

Kent County Council’s Shared Lives service provides short breaks, day care and longer term support in the host family’s own home which can help vulnerable adults avoid residential care homes.

People with dementia really benefit from still being able to live in a family home and the scheme allows them to develop new relationships and be part of the community. Hosts are paid and KCC needs more people to come forward and take on this rewarding role.

This is a great opportunity for someone who perhaps has a background in caring, to build a new career making a real difference to people’s lives. As people live longer, dementia is a growing challenge. We in Kent are determined to reduce stigma and improve understanding of the condition. Shared Lives is a really important scheme because it gives people living with dementia all the support they need to stay independent and lead fulfilling lives in the community.”

– Graham Gibbens, Kent County Council

To find out more about becoming a Shared Lives host, or to find out more about how to use the service, visit www.kent.gov.uk/sharedlives or call 01233 652401.