Celebrating Shared Lives Carers in the boroughPublished Wednesday, 20th June 2018
As part of the national Shared Lives Week (18-24 June), Rotherham Council held the event for carers who offer a range of support from long term accommodation to short breaks and day support.
This level of care means that residents with a disability and older people and people with dementia can get the extra help and support they need and continue to live as independently as possible.
The event held at Winthrop Gardens (today, 20 June) and opened by Cllr David Roche, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Public Health, offered Shared Lives carers an opportunity to join in with a variety of activities including reflexology, reiki, beauty treatments and arts and crafts, and the café served a special menu of afternoon tea.
Shared Lives was launched in Rotherham in May 2011 and currently has 52 adults who spend time with 43 approved Shared Lives carers. Those who can benefit from the scheme are assessed by the Council before being carefully matched to a Shared Lives carer - who are also given full support and training. Carers receive payment based on the amount and type of care they provide.
Cllr David Roche, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health at Rotherham Council, said: “It’s great to celebrate the work of our Shared Lives carers. They do a fantastic job to support adults with particular needs and help them become active members of their own communities. I’m so inspired by their dedication to supporting others and it means that we can help people with learning disabilities to lead fulfilling lives whilst regaining some independence.”
Peter who is 53 and has a learning disability lives at home with his mum and full time carer Doris. But now with Doris getting older, she needs extra support to look after her son and she chose Shared Lives because of its person centred approach and the way it encouraged his interests, including his love of trains.
Peter who loves everything to do with transport was matched with Jenny who is a part time carer and railway worker. With their shared interest of trains they have travelled all over the country. Jenny, who provides day care and respite support to Peter’s full time carer said, “Shared Lives works for me as I work part time and with Peter’s shared interest in trains we have both benefited. Both our lives have become more enjoyable.”
Find out more about Shared Lives in Rotherham and about getting involved as a carer: