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Shared Lives Longer Term Carer

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Shared Lives Leicestershire


£396 – £501 per week per client


Home based (YOUR home not the service users homes)

Job Overview

Flexible Working Hours Salary £396 - £501 (per week per client). Leicestershire Shared Lives Service is different to anything else offered in the Adult Social Care system as our carers provide person centred services tailored around the needs of their clients. Services are also provided in the carers home or in the community therefore delivering a more natural and real-life experience. We are looking for carers who want to help our clients to live life to the full. Carers must live in Leicestershire (not Leicester City), they could be tenants or homeowners, part of a family, single or living with pets – whatever your situation, we would like to hear from you! As a Shared Lives Carer, you will be self-employed. Leicestershire County Council will send you referrals of clients which you can choose to accept or decline as you wish.

The Shared Lives Longer Term Carer provides a home for adults with care and support needs. Being a Longer-Term Carer is not a lifelong commitment and placements are not permanent, however placements are usually last between 1 year and upwards of 25 years. You will be working from your own home and have responsibility for no more than three clients at any one time. Clients require sole use of a bedroom and are treated like any other member of the household. Like other family members, Clients usually have their own interests to pursue, so they may go to day service, college, or work during the day so you will have time to pursue your own personal interests or look after other members of your family. Longer Term Carers are also eligible for a paid respite of up to 42 nights a year.

Shared Lives Service offers carers…

✅Excellent Pay (dependant on number of clients and services offered)

✅Generous Tax Breaks (£10,000 tax free allowance +)

✅Flexible Working options

✅Access to Blue Light and More4Leics Discount Schemes

✅Training (online and in person)

✅24-hour support from professionals, Shared Lives Plus and Shared Lives Carers in Leicestershire Our clients are adults from the age of 18, with learning disabilities, mental health, autism and Asperger’s, physical disabilities, sensory impairment or who are living with dementia, older people or who have lifelong disabilities and who need support in a homely environment.

Previous experience is not always necessary as each Shared Lives carer brings their own unique skills and experience to the job. We ask that you have a desire to help people, life experience and a commitment and positive approach to supporting vulnerable adults. We are looking for Shared Lives Carers who have a spare bedroom to support adults with physical or learning difficulties live independently by offering short term breaks (respite) - where the person comes to stay for the odd night, weekend or week. As a Shared Lives Carer for Short Breaks, you will provide personal care support, meals, support with accessing activities and include the client in your own family events. You may already be employed in the week and want to do this at weekends or during holiday periods.

If you want to find out more about our service or have an informal discussion, please contact or telephone on 0116 305 8133. The role will be subject to a DBS (Disclosure & Barring service) check. All Shared Lives Carers are classed as self-employed.

Apply to become a Shared Lives Carer at:

We are also looking for Short Breaks and Day Service Carers, see our other vacancies.

Qualifications Required

Previous caring experience is desirable. Training and DBS checks are free of charge.

Hours per week

Generally, service users who live with you will have activities during the day but will be at home in the evening. You are also entitled to 6 weeks paid respite a year.

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Contact Information

Roo Peake

0116 305 4805