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Inspection Summary

Overall summary & rating


Updated 14 February 2019

About the service:

Shared Lives enables people to live with a Shared Lives carer within their home in the local area. Carers are recruited, assessed, trained and supported by the scheme to provide the necessary support for people who come to live with them. Although Shared Lives supported approximately 30 people, approximately only seven people who lived within the scheme received support with their personal care needs at the time of inspection.

What life is like for people using this service:

We found the Shared Lives service met the characteristics of a Good service in all areas.

People received a person-centred service that met their needs and helped them to achieve their goals and ambitions. Whether that was to live a quiet comfortable life, or to gain the confidence and skills to try new things and move on to live more independently.

People were supported and encouraged to be involved in decisions about their own life and care, including who they chose to live with and how they spent their time. Shared Lives carers went through a comprehensive assessment period before they were approved to welcome someone to live with them in their own home.

Shared Lives carers fully involved people in their home and their family life. Some carers lived alone, or with partners, and others lived with their own children. Others had grandchildren and other extended family members visiting regularly. Many carers had pets, such as dogs. People had all this information before they decided to go further and meet a potential carer. People told us about the family gatherings they were involved in and the holidays they enjoyed with their Shared Lives carers, sometimes with their carer’s family or friends.

People enjoyed a range of activities and interests that met their social needs and preferences. They had the opportunity to go out with day opportunity Shared Lives carers to support a wider circle of interests and friendships. This also gave their main carers the chance to catch up on their own chores or interests.

Shared Lives staff, employed by the provider, supported both the people using the service and the Shared Lives carers, who were self-employed. This offered an added network of support to offer advice and guidance and act on any issues raised. The provider had a range of training opportunities for staff and carers to make sure they had the skills and competence to support people well.

The provider made sure they monitored the service in various ways to ensure they continued to provide a good quality service that maintained people’s safety.

More information is in the detailed findings below.

Rating at last inspection:

Good (Report published 21 September 2016)

Why we inspected: This was a planned inspection based on the rating at the last inspection. We found the service continued to meet the characteristics of Good.

Follow up: We will continue to monitor the service through the information we receive. We will carry out another scheduled inspection to make sure the service continues to maintain Good.

Inspection areas



Updated 14 February 2019

The service was safe

Details are in our Safe findings below.



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The service was effective

Details are in our Effective findings below.



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The service was caring

Details are in our Caring findings below.



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The service was responsive

Details are in our Responsive findings below.



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The service was well-led

Details are in our Well-Led findings below.