Dunfermline conference hears how Shared Lives could save Scottish services £3m per year
A brand new report was launched today (Wednesday 10th September) at a conference in Dunfermline, outlining the potential for Shared Lives in Scotland to grow, saving over £3m a year.
The first ever in depth analysis of Shared Lives care in Scotland (sometimes known as Adult Placement) has shown how over 400 disabled and vulnerable adults are enjoying improved lives as a result of living in Shared Lives arrangements – with the potential to double in size. You can see more by downloading the attached file.
Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus, said:
“This report is the first ever nationwide analysis of the Shared Lives sector in Scotland – showing how Shared Lives helps people who in some cases have been seen as ‘too challenging’ to live better lives, whilst providing major savings for Scottish taxpayers.
It also illustrates the potential for existing Shared Lives schemes to expand – and outlines the benefits for other Scottish local authorities in setting up Shared Lives in their area”
Shared Lives has also been independently proven to provide significant savings compared with traditional forms of adult care – and the report estimates that if every region in Scotland with a Shared Lives scheme was to catch up with the same level of Shared Lives provision as the highest performing area, then savings of £3m per year could be realised. Indeed one council has saved over £700,000 per year by using Shared Lives.
Angus Greenshields, Scottish Development Worker for Shared Lives Plus added:
“This study shows the potential for Shared Lives to transform not just the lives of individuals, but also help transform our Adult Social care system by delivering major savings and improved benefits, at a time when an ageing population and falling budgets are presenting the NHS and Scottish local authorities with a uniquely difficult challenge. Shared Lives is also perfectly placed to meet the aims and objectives of the new care act in Scotland”
“It also highlights the amazing, but often unheralded work that over 300 Shared Lives carers are doing every single day here in Scotland”
The report was commissioned by Shared Lives Plus and all Scottish Shared Lives schemes had the opportunity to contribute.