Shared Lives is all about one household sharing their lives, families, home, interests, experience and skills with other people who need some support to live their life to the full. It provides places to live long term, stay for a short break, go for one or more days a week, or to go for day time support. Shared lives is suitable for people with a learning or physical disability, a mental health problem, older people or young people leaving care. The type and level of support provided will depend on a person’s needs and who they live with but can include: support to make choices and decisions and be in control of their own lives; having company but staying independent; sharing a clean home; help to do things they choose to do; meeting new people and making new friends; and being part of their local community. Shared Lives supports people with autism, learning disabilities, mental health and dementia.