Carers willing to share family home asked to come forward

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Shared Lives carer Myrna, on right, who shares her home with Mary

MORE carers are needed to support adults with learning disabilities within the family home.

Twelve adults in the Ealing borough with mild to moderate learning difficulties are currently benefiting from at-home placements as part of the Ealing Shared Lives scheme.

Half live with families full-time as an alternative to living in a care home, while the rest use the scheme for overnight or short term respite care or support in the community.

The philosophy behind Shared Lives is that the cared-for person becomes part of the family.

Councillor Hitesh Tailor, cabinet member for health and adults services, said all matches since the scheme began 22 years ago had been a success.

She said: “Everyone involved in Shared Lives says what a profound and positive difference it has made to their lives.

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