Sharing a home (Shared Lives)

If full-time residential care (or other more formal care services) aren't for you, but managing life in your own home is causing you problems, you could benefit from what we call 'Shared Lives'. Shared Lives is available to adults with all different kinds of needs, such as older people, people with disabilities, people with mental health problems or people with dementia.

You would be sharing the home of a chosen host – this could be a single person, a couple or a whole family. You could:

  • be part of a family
  • bring your own things
  • be supported in your hobbies, interests and activities.

It's somewhere safe and supportive for you to stay at the times that suit you, whether it's for a few hours during the day or evening, overnight, for a weekend or even longer.

When staying with your hosts you would become part of the local community and always be sure of having company and opportunities to make new friends, while keeping your own independence.

Shared Lives is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and you can see our most recent report. We always make sure you're happy with your chosen host family before you start, and we check regularly to make sure everything is all right.

Read our easy read Shared Lives user guide (PDF, 641.9 KB) for more information.

How to begin your Shared Life

Please call us on 03000 41 24 00 (Text relay 18001 03000 41 24 00) or email

You could also speak to your case manager, and they can refer you to us.

You can also find out more about how to become a Shared Lives host.

Care Quality Commission inspection

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspected Kent Shared Lives on 5 December 2014.

Overall rating of the service: Good

Key question ratings:

Safe Good
Effective Good
Caring Good
Responsive Good
Well led Outstanding

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