On 15th October The Avalon Group, working alongside Wirral Council are holding an official re-launch of their Shared Lives scheme as they look to expand the reach of the service and the amount of carers who can provide support.
Shared Lives offers an alternative to more traditional care options, such as residential or domiciliary care. Under the Shared Lives Scheme, commissioned by Wirral Council, paid carers offer adults with disabilities or a health condition (who are eligible to access the Service) a place to live in their home.
Care is offered on a short or long term basis. Day opportunities will also be available through Avalon’s unique Daybreak Service, which offers a combination of home based and external activities, designed to suit individual interests.
Currently The Avalon Group employs 60 Shared Lives carers across Wirral, supporting approximately 80 customers, but this number is set to increase as the service grows over the coming months.
The launch event, which marks the first unveiling of Avalon’s service in the area will be officially opened by Cllr Christine Jones, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, and Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus.
The Service can offer a great opportunity for individuals to develop their confidence and independence within a family environment. It can also provide the ideal support option to older people who can no longer remain in their own homes, but want to retain as much independence as possible within a caring family environment.
Avalon Group CEO Larry Hollando said “We are so excited to be working with Wirral Council to expand this wonderful service in the area.
“Shared Lives allows people to develop and thrive in a safe, family environment whilst learning skills and working towards personal goals.”
Cllr Christine Jones, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Social Care and Public Health, said: ‘We welcome this scheme. People will become part of the family, receiving flexible and personalised support in a caring environment while the carers themselves receive training and assistance. I wish it the very best.’