1. ITV Report

Meet the carers who are opening their own homes to people in need

One of the biggest challenges facing the NHS is the amount of social care needed by elderly and vulnerable adults , but one scheme has been revolutionising the way the service is provided in the Border region.

The Shared Lives scheme matches people who need help to live independently, with individuals, or families, who'll take care of them in their homes.

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  • What is shared lives?

Adults or young people who need support on a long-term basis are put in the care of an approved Shared Lives carer.

People supported by the scheme are typically those with learning difficulties, people with mental health issues and those who require short term help, for example, after a hospital stay.

of people supported by Shared Lives felt they were part of the family most or all of the time.
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  • How does the scheme work?

14,000 people are currently supported by Shared Lives. Approved carers open up their homes to around 50% of the people using the scheme to live as part of their household.The other half visit for the day or overnight.

People get safe, personal care and support in a place which feels like home. They become more active and make some friends.

  • Meet Brendan, who comes to Gill's house for his holidays once a week.

If you're interested in becoming a shared lives carer, contact Shared Lives Plus for more information.