A Shared Lives carer is a person who offers accommodation and support and/or personal care in their own home under the supervision of Shared Lives Northumberland.

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A Shared Lives carer must be willing to include the people who comes to live or stay with them in their home life, their local community and their network of family and friends. 

Shared Lives carers come from all walks of life, Shared Lives carers don't need any formal caring experience, but experience or knowledge of caring or sharing their home would be an advantage. A Shared Lives carer also needs to have a spare room suitable for someone to live or stay in and the agreement and support of all the members of their household.

To become a Shared Lives carer, you need to go through an assessment and approval process. This involves home visits to the applicant, discussions with all members of the household, rigorous checks and references and attendance at pre-approval training sessions. The process can take about 3-6 months.

Shared Lives carers are paid a weekly fee to cover the rent, household costs and care and support that they offer to people who stay with them. This is covered by a special tax arrangement with HMRC and many Shared Lives carers pay no income tax on their earnings. 

Shared Lives carers will need to arrange appropriate insurance cover through the specialist insurance scheme for Shared Lives carers. Training required will be arranged by Shared Lives Northumberland at no cost to the carers.

Our Shared Lives workers offer advice and information to guide you through every step of the process.