If you have time and energy
to spare, and can offer a friendly home on an occasional basis to an adult with
a learning disability - then you may be just the person we are looking for.
Adults with a learning
disability in the area need your help and support, as do their families and
carers. The demands of caring for a person with a learning disability can be
Carers and other family
members need the chance to have a break from the everyday responsibilities
associated with looking after someone with a disability. The share the care
scheme allows families to have a break from these responsibilities.
The best qualities you can have are patience
You do not need to have a
family of your own but you do need to have time and a genuine desire to help.
Experience in working with
adults with a learning disability, although not essential, would be an
Training:You will be expected to
participate in some first aid, manual handling and management of medicines
training. These will be lead by an experienced team from medical, nursing and
social work backgrounds.
Joining in Share the Care is
a big responsibility and not to be taken lightly, even if you are only hosting
people for very short breaks. Before you join the scheme a social worker will
visit you and talk in detail about your current commitments and whether or not
you could take on this responsibility.
You would have the
opportunity of meeting your guest prior to respite placement.
Throughout the whole process
you will have the full support of the Share the Care Team.
You will also receive an
allowance to cover all expenses of looking after your guest.
If you think you could meet
this challenge or would like more information we want to hear from you.