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Life-changing care service could be set to continue

A service that helps change the lives of adults with mental health needs, physical or sensory impairments, learning disabilities and other complex needs, could be set to continue in Staffordshire.

Different from more traditional forms of social care, Shared Lives is a service that enables people with care needs to share the home of a specially recruited and trained carer and their family.

Those in need of care and support can access long term placements, short breaks, day opportunities and home from hospital placements, all designed to help them reach their potential and live healthy, safe, independent and fulfilling lives in their communities.

It offers them greater choice and control over their care, and can be a more cost-effective alternative to residential care or supported living.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet will discuss the potential recommission of the service, which currently supports 78 people, next week.

County Councillor Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health said: “We want everyone in Staffordshire to lead the best and happiest lives they can. For some adults requiring a helping hand, the Shared Lives service offers them the chance to get the care they need while sharing the home of specially trained carers and their families.

“This service has really made a difference to people’s lives, and with the existing contract due for renewal, we want to recommission this important service to ensure people continue to receive the care they need.”


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