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Government Agency Says Shared Lives Care Outperforms All Other Models In Inspections – As Shared Lives Week Shows The Public Why!

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17TH October 2014 – For Immediate Release




Government agency says Shared Lives care outperforms all other models in inspections – as Shared Lives week shows the public why!




An official report has shown that the Shared Lives model of care outperforms all other models, including care homes and home care, in all the categories of quality which are inspected.




Government care inspectors CQC this week published their annual State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England report. For the first time results for the Shared Lives model of care have been separated out from other forms of ‘community care’ – and the results show that Shared Lives outperforms all other approaches.




Shared Lives came top for respect and dignity (where local services achieved 100% compliance), care and welfare, suitability of staffing, safeguarding and safety, and monitoring quality. The news was published as the Shared Lives sector celebrates its 3rd national Shared Lives week – appropriately with the theme “Living Good Lives” to show how Shared Lives provides high quality care and good outcomes for those who use it.




Alex Fox, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus said:




“We are delighted that Shared Lives has achieved the highest rates of compliance in care inspections, across all the categories of care tested. This excellent result is testament to the dedication, commitment and hard work of thousands of Shared Lives carers across England who are supporting over 10,000 disabled and older people to live good lives. Shared Lives carers are unique in adult support because they open up their own homes to the individuals they support and share their family life. With CQC also noting that small settings are generally better than large ones, it’s time to rethink the policy of allowing any form of institutional care to be built and instead aim for models of support like Shared Lives which feel most like ordinary family life.”




“It’s particularly pleasing that this has been published in the same week that Shared Lives schemes across the country are holding events to celebrate their achievements, and in the week where people living in Shared Lives households like Clare took their message to the Houses of Parliament, telling Ministers and MPs, ‘Everyone should have the chance to have a good life.’”




Clare and the rest of her Shared Lives household appear in our new short film about their lives here: https://vimeo.com/108993357






The findings formed part of an overall report into the state of Health Care and Adult Social care in England 2013/14, that found that despite much excellent care, the variation in the quality and safety of care in England is “too wide and unacceptable”.




Notes for Editors:




  1. For more information or to arrange an interview with Alex Fox please call the Communications Team at Shared Lives Plus on 07881 521269

  2. The performance for different services is appended below


  3. Shared Lives is a radical form of care where vulnerable disabled or older people will receive care and support, and share home family and community life in a Shared Lives carers own home. There is a Shared Lives scheme in almost every local authority area in the country. A recent report “The State of Shared Lives in England 2014” showed that if all Shared Lives schemes matched their performance to the level of the best, Shared Lives could triple in size saving the government £150m


  4. You can see the full CQC report here http://www.cqc.org.u...te-care-2013-14





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Perhaps if the public grew to understand 'why', then they could progress to comprehend 'how' and provide a rich new seam of Shared Lives Carers !


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