People urged to share their lives with those needing care

Care: Billy with his Shared Lives Carer Dorothy
Care: Billy with his Shared Lives Carer Dorothy
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An SOS has gone out across Lancashire for people to offer a home to someone who needs long-term care.

The Shared Lives service run by Lancashire County Council offers people with disabilities and older people the chance to share in family and community life, by living in the carer’s own home.

The people who need support come from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and could be older people or adults with learning or physical disabilities.

Shared Lives is looking for carers who can provide long-term placements.

Mike Schofield, Shared Lives service manager, said: “Our carers come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

“It doesn’t matter whether you are married, single or living with someone, or whether you have children.

“We welcome suitable carers whether homeowners or renting, and you don’t need formal qualifications.

“The main thing is that people have a spare furnished bedroom and patience.”

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