Share the Care – Adult Placement Scheme
Share the Care is a Trust wide family based provision that offers short breaks and permanent adult placements to adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and sensory impairment.
The Share the Care Scheme offers three types of service:
- Short breaks – This can be anything from one overnight stay to a few weeks depending on the assessed need. This allows the adult to get a break from their normal routine and gives the main carer the opportunity to have a break from their caring role.
- Permanent Adult Placement –Families can provide a permanent placement within their family home for adults with learning disabilities as an alternative to residential care.
- Homebased breaks – This is when the homebased carer can go to the client’s home to provide a sitting service to enable the main carers to go out for a meal, to shop or just to offer a few hours of rest and relaxation. Alternatively the host carer can take the client out to participate in an activity such as going for a coffee, going to the cinema or for a walk.
The Share the Care Team assess and approve host family carers (ordinary individuals from the local community) to share their home and time with someone in need.
For a family caring for someone with a disability, planned short stays can be a welcome break from the sometimes emotional and physically draining role of caring for a loved one. For the client using the service, short stays and homebased support represent a refreshing change, the chance to meet new people, and do things they may not have the opportunity to do otherwise.
For permanent adult placements life in an ordinary family home is very different from that of a residential home, nursing home or hospital. The client will have a room of their own, privacy, a space for their belongings and the warmth and security of a stable friendly environment. The everyday activities of family life offer many opportunities for learning new skills of daily living and making new friendships. This helps to increase confidence and independence.
The team are continually engaged in recruiting new carers. Anyone interested in becoming a short or long term carer please contact us on any of the numbers listed.