What is available?

Birmingham Shared Lives (formerly known as Adult Placements) offers all disabled adults and older adults with care needs the opportunity to live in an ordinary home within Birmingham. All the support and care that is needed is provided by Shared Lives carers who live in the home with you. You can also be supported with your medication, finances and personal care.

The Shared Lives carers are specially recruited, trained and approved. They have to be part of a Shared Lives scheme and all schemes are regulated by CQC (Care Quality Commission).

You could live at the home 'long term', or have short breaks (respite) there.

Shared Lives (formerly known as Adult Placements)

Who can get a placement?

If you are over 18 years old and have a disability or are an older adult with care needs then Shared Lives might be right for you.

If you have had an assessment with a social work team and are either a Self Funder (you can pay for your own care), or have a Personal Budget (the Social Worker has allocated an amount of money for you to spend on your care), then Shared Lives might be an option for you to choose.

However, in order to work out just what your needs are and what is the best way to meet them, we do need to carry out an assessment.

What is an assessment?


After the assessment we will identify and agree your needs with you and discuss the help and support available to meet them, according to your situation.

How much does it cost?

The actual amount you pay will depend on the services you receive. You may be able to get help with the costs and we will help you fill out a financial assessment form to see if you qualify for financial help.

We may provide or arrange services for you but there are other ways of getting the support you need. You can choose to have a Personal Budget and use the money that you receive from us to arrange your own support.


How to get in touch

You can speak to your social care worker or other care professional if you have one, and they can contact us on your behalf. Alternatively you can contact us directly:

Birmingham Shared Lives Service
Address: PO box 16960, Birmingham, B2 2QH
Phone: 0121 464 3164
Web: www.birmingham.gov.uk/sharedlives
Email: sharedlives@birmingham.gov.uk

Further useful information can found by following the links below.

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