Diane Davies has been caring for vulnerable adults for many years but joined the Shared Lives scheme in 2010.
Under the Shared Lives scheme, Diane opens up her home to – and cares for – vulnerable adults. The scheme is managed by Powys County Council and supports carers with training as well as paying them a living wage for their work.
Diane, who lives in the Machynlleth area, describes how the people who live with her, become part of the family. “For example, if we are going to the pub for a drink or if I’m going to a dog show then they come with us,”
“We have fantastic support from the Shared Lives team at Llandrindod and we meet with other Shared Lives carers about twice a year. We are also currently planning a picnic for next year which will be for carers and the people staying with them, “ she added.
To become a Shared Lives carer, Diane completed an assessment process after discussing the scheme with council staff. This process usually takes a few months to complete.
“The pay is quite good however you have to accept that, by caring for people in your own home, you’re effectively on call 24 hours a day and that might not be for everybody. It works for me, though, and I am very happy to be doing this job,” explained Diane.
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