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Shared Lives Scheme

Shared Lives Living with a supportive family

Helping Adults achieve their Full Potential

Olympus Care Services’ Shared Lives scheme provides adults who have a range of complex needs with full-time, personalised support within the homes of professional carers.

Our Shared Lives carers provide comfortable family home environments and personal care for adults with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and older people. enabling them to live life as independently as possible in the community.

Individuals are very carefully matched with suitable carers who are able to treat them as a member of their family, meet the needs and provide the support that’s right for them. We carry out a thorough selection and checking process to make sure Shared Lives carers are the right people for the role. The Shared Lives service also carries out regular checks to make sure the support provided is appropriate for the customer.

Shared Lives Scheme

Long and Short-Term Support

Customers may use the Shared Lives service for either long-term support
or for short-term respite breaks.

Some of our customers are looking for permanent homes, whereas others
just need somewhere to stay for a day, overnight or for a few days.

There are numerous benefits from Shared Lives including:

  • A consistent and reliable source of help
  • A caring family environment where individuals are “part of the family”
  • Increased opportunities to mix with the local community
  • Improved self-esteem through independent living in a supportive environment
  • Companionship and friendship
  • Opportunities to experience new activities

Personalised Support In A Family Environment

If you decide that Shared Lives is right for you, we’ll talk to you about the support you need and then carefully look for a carer and surroundings that meet these requirements.

Once you have settled in, we’ll regularly visit to make sure you are happy, and that the support you are getting is working for you.

For more information on the Shared Lives service, call Olympus Care Services on 01604 366 000 or email

Shared Lives Scheme

Long-term Support Or Short Breaks

You may either decide to use our Shared Lives service to look for a long-term home or short-term respite break. Some people are looking for permanent homes, whereas others just need a short break overnight or for a few days.

Could You Share Your Life With Others?

We have many different customers who are looking for short and long-term support through the Shared Lives scheme, and we’re always looking for new carers in Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas.

Applications are welcomed from all ages, backgrounds and ethnic groups.
It’s not necessary for carers to be married, own their own home or have experience caring for adults with disabilities. They also do not need special qualifications. What’s important is that they have the time, patience and passion for supporting our customers to live well and become more independent.

Shared Lives carers are paid according to the support they provide. Special HMRC tax arrangements cover most Shared Lives placements and many carers do not have to pay income tax on their earnings.

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We provide a range of care and support services throughout Northamptonshire for adults with disabilities and older people. We aspire to provide the best possible service to every individual we support and we strongly believe that it is our role to promote their independence and respect the decisions they make. Our aim is to do everything we can to make our customers’ aspirations a reality.

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