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Adult Placement Scheme / Shared Lives

How the scheme works

The Poole Adult Placement Scheme / Shared Lives provides:

  • Short-term care for adults with a learning disability to provide a break for families or carers. Care can be for a maximum of two weeks at any one time and is agreed within the care plan guidelines

  • Long-term accommodation for between 1-3 adults with a learning disability in the Adult Placement provider’s home

  • Care is provided by people who are approved by Poole Adult Social Services as Adult Placement Providers for either overnight or long-term care

  • Care can be provided in the Adult Placement Provider’s own home or the service user’s home

The scheme recruits, assesses, approves and trains people to be carers for adults with learning disabilities. The carers undergo a full assessment over a six-month period (however it may take longer).

It aims to be informal with the Adult Placement Carer and their families having a flexible approach, which allows them to make their own arrangements within the service specification and care plan limits.

The scheme is available to adults:

  • over the age of 18 years who have a Learning Disability

  • eligible to receive Social Services care under the Borough of Poole’s Eligibility Criteria

  • where a need for Adult Placement is identified following a Community Care Assessment

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Who can be Adult Placement / Shared Lives carers

All kinds of people are needed to help all kinds of adults and their families. Adult Placement carers can be families (with or without children), grandparents, single people of either sex, single parents, from different cultures, working or not working. They may have had personal experience of disability or have applied interest and want to help in some way. Previous experience is not necessary as training and the opportunity to attend work experience is provided.

The scheme needs people who are sensitive to the needs of adults with learning disabilities and their parents, with the ability to relate to them.

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How links are made

Adults with learning disabilities are just as varied in their personalities and interests as the rest of the population. They may have varying needs requiring additional support, and specific training will be provided.

The scheme takes great care to link the service user to the most appropriate carer, taking into account their interests, background, lifestyle, personal circumstances, experience and availability of the carer. The social worker who made the link will be available to offer any help the service user may need.

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Contact details

Julia Groves is the registered manager of the Adult Placement Scheme and is based in the Adult Learning Disability team, Civic Centre Annexe, Park Road, Poole BH15 2RT, telephone number 01202 633649.

Other Adult Placement Scheme / Shared Lives workers are

  • Chris Hine 01202 633624 

  • Angela Chennell 01202 633848  

  • Ali Cain 01202 633 852 

The scheme is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), formerly known as the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). 

South West Regional Contact Team: CQC Southwest Region, Citygate, Gallowsgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA, Tel: 03000616161, Fax: 03000616172, email: enquiries.southwest@cqc.gov.uk   

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Contact us

Email:
sshelpdesk@poole.gov.uk

Tel:
01202 633902

Text Relay:
18001 01202 633902

Address:
Adult Social Care
Civic Centre
Poole BH15 2RU