Thank you to our Shared Lives Carers

By Louise Robertson, Shared Lives Coordinator, ELHSCP

I would like to highlight the work of Shared Lives Carers to you all.  In my work as one of the Coordinators of the service, I have been blown away by the level of commitment demonstrated by them in these difficult and challenging times.

Shared Lives Carers share their own homes with the adults they support and in most arrangements the adults live with them full time. Before lockdown most supported adults had other activities, work or other resources to attend but now they are under the same roof 24/7. Shared Lives Carers are providing practical and emotional support as well as themselves coping with the sudden and significant changes to daily lives.

As a Coordinator for the service I try my best to provide support over the phone to these amazing carers but am limited as to what I can do to practically help at the moment. In many conversations I have been quite overwhelmed by the positive attitude and the emotional resilience of the carers who I have so much respect for. I have also heard from some of the people being supported who are really benefiting from living in family homes and having people who care about them at hand to give them all the additional support they need to cope with the challenges of lockdown.

Please think of them when you are clapping or telling others about how much you respect people who work in the health and social care sector and please help us raise awareness of this incredible service.

What is Shared Lives East Lothian?

Shared Lives East Lothian Service is run by East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership. Shared Lives Carers work on a self-employed basis from their homes and provide support to adults who have support needs that may be associated with a learning disability, physical disability, autism, sensory impairment or mental health.

  • Shared Lives Carers share their home and family life with an adult. 
  • It is a service for adults who need some support.
  • Arrangements can be from a few hours a week to providing a long term home.
  • Shared Lives Carers are self-employed and receive a fee for their work.
  • It is run by East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership
  • It is registered with the Care Inspectorate.

Different types of support

  • Day support – sharing hobbies and interests and getting out and about on a regular basis
  • Short breaks – having someone to stay for short periods.
  • Long-term – having someone come and live with you and including then in your family and social networks.  

For more information please contact  me – Louise Robertson Shared Lives Coordinator 01620 827280 or Anne Anderson 01875 824017.  

More information about Shared Lives