Housing options and care homes

Shared Lives scheme

The Shared Lives scheme supports eligible adults aged 18 or over who need support to live on their own. It provides accommodation and support, or regular stays or visits with an approved carer.

The scheme matches the person needing care and support to a compatible Shared Lives carer.

Shared Lives supports:

  • older people
  • people with learning disabilities
  • people with mental health problems
  • people with physical disabilities
  • people with substance misuse problems
  • care leavers

It gives people the skills and confidence they need to live independently.

Shared Lives scheme in Essex

To find out more about the Shared Lives scheme in Essex, contact essex.sharedlives@essex.gov.uk

If you do not have access to email, you can phone Adult Social Care and they will pass on your enquiry.

Telephone: 0345 603 7630

Monday to Thursday, 8:45am to 5pm
Friday, 8:45am to 4:30pm

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