Who can have support through Shared Lives? | Oxfordshire County Council

Who can have support through Shared Lives?

Information about who may be eligible for a support arrangement through Shared Lives.


Anyone who is eligible for assessment under the NHS and the Care Act (2015) may be able to have support through Shared Lives.

This usually means they are aged over 18 and have a physical and/or sensory disability. They may have a learning disability, a mental health difficulty or be an older person.

Great care is taken to match people with an approved carer. This includes a period of introductory visits taking into account individual needs and circumstances. Find out how to be a Shared Lives carer.

16 and 17 year olds

Young people aged 16 or 17 may also be eligible for support with Shared Lives if this is a specific part of a plan for moving on to adult services under the NHS and The Care Act (2015).

How long do arrangements last?

There are a range of flexible care services:

Day care

Taking care of a person for a few hours per day but not overnight.

Short term or respite care

Providing a short break for a vulnerable person. This can be anything from one night to a few weeks at a time and may be a one-off or on a regular basis.

Emergency care

When support is needed urgently, fore example, the same or next day, without time for introductory visits.

Long-term care / permanent arrangement

When the plan is for a vulnerable person to live long term with a carer, that is, anything over three months.

Trial period

Before an arrangement takes place there is always a trial period, which will vary according to individual circumstances.

Find out more about Shared Lives

Use our online form to express an interest or find out more or contact us if you would like to speak to someone.

Last reviewed
13 December 2017
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