Wanted: People to share their lives and homes

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Could you offer a home to an adult who needs care?

Would you like rewarding work that you can fit around your commitments?

Shared Lives is a service run by Lancashire County Council. It offers people with disabilities and older people the chance to share in family and community life, usually by living in the carer’s own home. Shared Lives is looking to recruit carers who can provide long-term placements. However, the service would also like to hear from carers who can offer short breaks or daytime and emergency care.

Mike Schofield, Shared Lives service manager, said: “We’re looking for people from a wide variety of backgrounds, and you don’t need any formal qualifications.

“It doesn’t matter whether you are married, single or living with someone, or whether you have children. And we welcome suitable carers whether they are homeowners or renting.

“The main thing is that people have a spare furnished bedroom for the person you support to stay in, together with a huge amount of enthusiasm, commitment and patience.”

The people who need support come from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and could be older people or adults with learning or physical disabilities.

They may need help with personal care, eating healthily and taking medication. They may also need help with a range of other daily activities such as cooking, laundry and handling money, together with using local facilities such as shops, libraries and cinemas.

For details, phone 01257 516036 or email sharedlives@lancashire.gov.uk