It’s completely up to you how you choose to offer your time to care for someone. As a self-employed Shared Lives carer, you set your own hours and the level of support you provide.
When you choose to welcome someone to live with you full-time, you’re opening your heart and your home to one of our customers. The person you care for shares your family life and in return, you get to help them live their lives as independently as possible. You’ll also be working from home, too.
The person you care for might live with you for a long time, or a short time. But it’s your job to make them feel welcome, comfortable and confident.
If you can only offer occasional days, some overnight stays or time around your other work, a part-time role might be best for you. You could be matched with someone who would like some respite and a change of scene from their usual care environment, allowing their carer to take a break and have a holiday, too. Either way, you can choose who you care for and when you do it - that’s what makes being a Shared Lives carer so great.
Shared Lives doesn’t always mean supporting somebody in your home overnight. Our Daybreak service is for Shared Lives carers who have free time during the day, and would like to offer support between 9am and 5pm, as a family equivalent to more traditional day services.
This could mean providing activities within your home, or supporting people to access the local community/outdoor activities.
Be your own boss, set your own hours
You couldn’t really ask for a more flexible role than being a Shared Lives carer. You choose the hours that suit you and your family. You can also support up to three people at any one time. So if you’d like to work a second job, it’s usually quite easy to work and take on a caring role. And if you want to increase your Shared Lives hours as you go, it’s really easy to do so.
You’ll be self-employed but Avalon is there for you whenever and if ever you need anything.