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Hertfordshire County Council

Sharing a home (Shared Lives)

If you're struggling at home but residential care or Supported Living isn't for you, sharing a home might be the perfect answer.

Is Shared Lives for you?

Shared Lives is often for adults with physical or learning disabilities.

However, for older people struggling with daily tasks, it could be a good alternative to more traditional care places.

Arrangements can be short term, long term or even emergency placements.


You need to be referred to the Shared Lives service.

Speak to your social worker or key worker. If you don't have one, you can request a care assessment.

Sharing a family home

You'd be sharing someone's home. The Shared Lives carer could be a single person, a couple or a whole family.

You'd have your own room but you'd share the family bathroom in most cases.

We always make sure you're happy with your chosen host family before you start.

We regularly check to make sure everything is all right.

Matching people with the right home

We'll match you with a trained carer who has similar interests and lifestyle to you.

We look at:

  • your age, health and support needs
  • what kind of family you'd like to spend time with – a person on their own or a family, someone in a town or a village, someone with pets or children
  • what things are important to you – like what you believe in, your hobbies, what you like to eat.

If we find a match, we share their details with you. If you like the sound of them, you can go and meet them.

You can visit them several times before deciding if you want to live with them.

Become a carer

Are you interested in becoming a carer for shared lives?

This rewarding opportunity will help support adults to live in the community, within a family environment.

You’ll receive an income and tax free allowance to help you fulfil this valuable role.

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • live in Hertfordshire
  • have a spare room or space in your home to offer short or long term support for adults
  • have experience in a caring role or want to develop skills in this area.

You could change your life and make a difference to the life of someone else.

For a chat or more information:

Call us: 01992 588031

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