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 a learning disability.
The Share the Care Scheme offers three types of service:
Overnight 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 family carer the opportunity to have a break from their caring role. Expenses are paid for the volunteer’s time and any mileage they undertake in the role.
This is when a volunteer takes a service user out to participate in an activity such as going for a coffee, to the gym, the cinema or for a walk. Expenses are paid for the volunteer’s time and any mileage they undertake in the role.
Permanent Adult Placement
Families can provide a permanent placement within their family home for adults with a learning disability as an alternative to residential care. A fee is paid to carers for this role.
The Share the Care Team assesses and approves non 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 breaks 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. They 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 is continually engaged in recruiting new carers. Please contact us if you wish to learn more about the scheme.