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Shared Lives: Evidence of Effectiveness: a multi-method study of a community service for people with intellectual disabilities

Collins, Grace, Brookes, Nadia, Callaghan, Lisa, Palmer, Sinead (2019) Shared Lives: Evidence of Effectiveness: a multi-method study of a community service for people with intellectual disabilities. In: School for Social Care Research (SSCR) Conference, 11 Apr 2019, London. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In Shared Lives an adult who needs support moves in with or regularly visits a Shared Lives carer after they have been matched for compatibility. In 2016 over 8,000 people with intellectual disabilities were being supported to live in the community in this way. Shared Lives is under-researched and there is a need to develop the evidence base further. Our study aimed to describe who was being supported by Shared Lives, explore whether Shared Lives is meeting people’s needs, and examine the experiences of Shared Lives carers. Information was collected about a small number of individuals including measures of quality of life, capability, and mental well-being. Peer interviewers conducted interviews with people supported by Shared Lives, and researchers interviewed Shared Lives carers. Overall, the findings suggested that social care related outcomes, capability and mental well-being were good amongst participants, and examples were given of how SL had made a positive difference to their lives. Shared Lives carers described their experiences of caring for someone in a SL arrangement, the skills and support required, and the unique dynamic of formal care in a family setting

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Grace Collins
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 12:30 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2019 08:34 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/74062 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Collins, Grace: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0144-9411
Brookes, Nadia: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6661-2814
Callaghan, Lisa: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6419-425X
Palmer, Sinead: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8106-3078
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