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Shared lives - Surrey Partnership Boards

Shared Lives (SL) is a longstanding form of care that centres on sharing home, family, and community life, in supporting people to lead fulfilling and active lives.

SL schemes are an alternative to home care and residential care for people in need of care and support.

In Shared Lives schemes, a Shared Lives carer and someone who needs support get to know each other and, if they both feel that they will be able to form a long-term bond, they share homes, family, and community life.

This can mean that the person becomes a regular daytime or overnight visitor to the Shared Lives Carers household, or it means that the person moves in with the Shared Lives Carer.