Carer application process
You are welcome to telephone us for a chat to find out more about the role of a Shared Lives carer or arrange to come into the office to have an informal chat.
If you have decided you would like to become a Shared Lives carer, the next step is to complete the application form and send it back to us. Once we get your form, we’ll contact you to discuss your application and arrange an initial visit from one of our Shared Lives workers. During the initial visit you can ask lots of questions about how being a Shared Lives carer would work for you. We will want to get a bit more information about your skills and experience and why you (and your household) want to become a carer. We will also want to have a look around your home to get a better idea of the accommodation you have available.
After this visit, as long as you still wish to go ahead and we feel confident about you, we will invite you to join the assessment process. As you would expect, the assessment process is a thorough combination of checks and references (including DBS, landlord or mortgage, medical, professional background, personal references) and a series of in depth home visits.
In those home visits, we will ask you about all aspects of your daily life, experience, values, background and approach to care. We will also talk to all the members of your household. We’re looking to get a very clear picture of who you are and what you would bring to the role of Shared Lives carer, and these visits help us form a picture of who you might best be able to support in your home. At any time during the assessment process you can decide to withdraw and we can decide not to proceed any further.
During the assessment process you will also be asked to attend three days of training. This will give you a lot of information and food for thought about the Shared Lives carer role, and gives us a good insight into how you would approach caring. This training is mandatory. If all goes well, we will then put your application and our assessment to our independent approval panel who will help us decide whether you should be approved as a Shared Lives carer. The whole process takes about 3-4 months in total.
The process allows us to get to know you well and gives you a chance to really think about what you would be taking on and whether this demanding role is really for you! It is very thorough as we need to be very sure about anyone who is going to support vulnerable people in their homes.