One of the biggest challenges facing the NHS is the amount of social care needed by elderly or vulnerable adults - but one scheme has been quietly revolutionising the way social care is provided here in the Anglia region
It's called Shared Lives, and means people who need help to live independently, are matched with individuals, or families, who'll look after them in their own homes.
In Shared Lives, an adult or young person who needs long term support is matched with a carefully approved Shared Lives carer, by their local scheme. Together, they share family and community life. People typically supported by Shared Lives include those with learning difficulties, care leavers, people with mental health issues and those requiring short term support after, for example, a hospital stay.
James had been living in residential care for two decades but 8 years ago, Andy started giving him support to live life on his own terms.
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