Aim of Role: • To provide care and support to one or more adults, for either a short break or for a long term arrangement, within your own home. The person receiving these services will become a member of your household and share in all aspects of your family life. • You will be expected to meet their care and support needs as identified in their care plan and as part of a multi-agency team and be able to demonstrate that you are helping them achieve their goals. • To challenge prejudice, discrimination and oppression and enable people to fulfil any spiritual or cultural needs. • To work in a person centred way. Landlord/Landlady 1. To provide a safe, warm and comfortable home 2. To keep the building in good repair 3. To ensure all mortgage, rent and utility payments are up to date 4. To sign up to an individual licence agreement 5. To provide a bedroom within the shared family home Homemaker 1. To provide healthy and nutritious meals that meet the needs of the person staying with you 2. To keep the house clean 3. To do the laundry/help the person do their laundry 4. Pay utility bills 5. Provide a TV licence 6. Provide furniture and household equipment 7. To provide transport (within reason) 8. To provide basic personal items e.g. shampoo, soap 9. To ensure your home and contents are insured and that you have public liability insurance for your role as a carer Care and Support 1. To provide any personal care the person needs 2. To ensure all health care needs are met including helping with medication 3. To provide emotional support as needed 4. To enable effective communication 5. To help the person/people you support to keep in touch with family and friends 6. To help them maintain and develop daily living skills, promote independence and to enable them to achieve their potential 7. To help with managing money 8. To help them get involved with the local community 9. To help them find meaningful activities 10. Any other care and support needs as recorded in the individual Shared Lives agreement. What we offer: Once approved we offer an on-going training package to enhance your skills further and to assist you in your role. You will have a dedicated SLSW worker offering on-going support to ensure that the highest quality of care is maintained during your time as a SLSW Carer. SLSW Carer go through an assessment process (which takes on average 6-8 weeks) and you would be supported at every stage of this process. SLSW Carers are expected to work autonomously and in line with our policies and guidance and full support is given to enable this to be achieved. It’s also important to make sure that those in your household are supportive of your wish to become a SLSW Carer. A Shared Lives Coordinator must be able to visit your home as part of the assessment. There will be a requirement for a DBS check to be conducted, as well as a commitment to training. Once the assessment is complete, your assessment will go to our independent approval panel. Requirements: You need formal or informal care experience or transferable skills that fit our values. A spare room (up to three) is vital in your role as a carer. You also don’t need to own your own property, but your landlord will need to consent to becoming a SLSW Carer.
We make a difference Every employee, carer and volunteer at Shared Lives South West is passionately committed to making a difference to the lives of the people supported, to the communities we live and work in, and to the wider social care sector.