Lancashire Chairman celebrates Shared Lives success

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

County Councillor Janice Hanson, chairman of Lancashire County Council, has recognised the commitment of Shared Lives carers by inviting them to a special event.

The celebration, held recently at County Hall, Preston, was to thank staff and carers for their hard work and commitment.

This follows the Shared Lives service winning two accolades. In September, it was recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as 'outstanding' following its latest inspection. In November, the Shared Lives service won the 'Team of the Year' category in the county council's Pride employee awards.

Shared Lives is similar to fostering, but for adults. Carers offer a home to someone who may have a physical disability, a learning disability, or an older adult who is not able to live on their own or with their family.

The idea is that people who are being supported are able to share in family and community life by living in the carer's home.

County Councillor Janice Hanson, Chairman of Lancashire County Council, said: "It's been a tremendous year for the staff and carers from the Shared Lives service.

"They do a fantastic job supporting adults who are elderly, or have a disability.

"Lancashire County Council's Shared Lives team is the largest service of its kind across the country and supports 11 per cent of adults with a disability in Lancashire.

"These awards show the service is safe, well run and that staff and carers work very hard to support the people they look after.

"Congratulations to all the carers and staff who work tirelessly to make Lancashire's Shared Lives service a success. These awards are well-deserved and everyone involved should feel proud of what they've achieved."

Shared Lives in Lancashire currently supports 377 people in 288 households, with 227 of those receiving long-term care. The county council is always looking for people to become Shared Lives carers.

County Councillor Tony Martin, cabinet member for adult and community services, said: "Our Shared Lives carers come from all types of backgrounds and do a superb job. They are friendly, have lots of enthusiasm for the people they look after and find it very rewarding.

"If you have plenty of patience, flexibility, dedication, commitment and a spare room for the person you support to live in, you could become a Shared Lives carer.

"If you are suitable, you'll be given all the training and support you need by our Shared Lives team and you will also get a monthly financial allowance, based on the needs of the person you are caring for."

If you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives Carer, or want to find out more about Lancashire County Council's Shared Lives scheme, call 01772 531326 or visit the Shared Lives page.

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