As I Move into Adult’s Services
Our Transitions service was developed to promote and setup services for young people aged between 16 and 18 years who have left care. In the majority of cases this involves recruiting a Shared Lives or Adult Placement carer whose primary focus is on developing independence and life skills in the young person they work with.
What is Shared Lives?
Shared Lives is a form of support where individuals over 16 live at home with a specially recruited and trained carer and their family. The service runs in a similar way to a Foster placement, but this service is specifically designed for adults and young people.
Our service is fully focused around choice and independence. We encourage each individual to get involved in the decision of where they live and plan our matches carefully, so that both the carer and person using the service feel happy before the arrangement is made.
At PSS we manage the service from the start, we recruit and train carers, we gain a strong understanding of the needs of those wishing to use the service and alongside those involved we match the two together. We offer a programme of training and support for our carers, which helps maintain high levels of support and most importantly we are there 24/7 to help our carers along the way.
Who can use the Shared Lives Transitions?
This service provides support for young people people who cannot, at the time they start using our service, support themselves fully. They may have a learning or physical disability, a mental health problem or emotional and behavioural difficulties. The age range of our service users goes from 16 to 25.
What are the benefits over other forms of care?
Shared Lives Transitions is truly unique because it allows young people who may not be fully able to live on their own the chance to experience independence. These individuals can live in a safe environment, which PSS has approved and with carers who are trained to deal with their individual needs. Because each carer family is different and each user of our services is too, we can truly ensure we plan for each individual. No one size fits all and no two families are the same.
Aside from the personal advantages of this service, in terms of providing a family environment, safety, support and independence, Shared Lives or Adult Placement has significant cost savings for each individual. It is estimated that being part of the service can save at least £13,000 per annum per person in comparison to residential care and supported living and in some areas this figure is much higher.