I have recently joined Shared Lives plus as the Development Officer, Older Adults. My role is to explore what Shared Lives can offer to older people who need support and care, especially those affected by dementia. This includes looking at Intermediate Care where an older person may need short term support and re-ablement and support for older carers.
Although some schemes are already involved in offering services to older people, Shared Lives aren’t currently high up the list of options when Commissioners are undertaking assessments or looking at care and support options for older people. With the continuing roll out of the personalisation agenda for older adults, Shared Lives has the opportunity to offer an alternative to traditional day and residential care through placements, respite and developing micro-enterprises.
I would be very happy to hear from schemes who would like to get involved with this work, looking at how we can help develop schemes to be responsive to the needs of older people, support and train carers in specialist areas and start a dialogue with both your local authority and new Clinical Commission Groups of GPs.
Do get in touch if you’d like to know more. I can be contacted at email@example.com or on 07900 742044.