The Shared Lives Service

Our service offers a special kind of support.

Shared Lives Carers use their own home as a base to provide their care service. They help adults with a variety of needs to develop their potential and get the most out of life.

How can I access the Shared Lives Service?

An initial referral needs to come through a Community Care Officer. Please contact the Access team by phoning: Community Care Access Team: 01343 563999 or email

The service is available to adults and is provided by The Moray Council. Our service is registered with The Care Inspectorate.

Who is it for?

People over 16 years with:
• Dementia and/or people who may be socially isolated
• Physical disabilities
• Mental health issues
• Learning disabilities

What does it provide?

The service provides:

• Day support - The Shared Lives Carer will provide day care support, which may range from a few hours each week to longer periods as required.

• Respite/short breaks - Some Shared Lives carers also provide respite/short breaks from their home. This can be anything from one night to two weeks or more, as required. They provide single room accommodation and a comfortable,
friendly environment.

Our range of supported services are tailored to meet the needs of the individual while helping to maintain their independence and promote their physical, mental, and emotional well being.

The service can also provide regular respite for unpaid carers who support the person to remain at home.

We prioritise our services to people who are assessed as needing them most, for example because the individual is at risk of moving into care, their health is at risk or their family is under stress.

Where is the Shared Lives Service provided?

The Shared Lives Service is based in the Shared Lives Carer’s own home.

Who are the Carers?

Shared Lives Carers are carefully selected and comprehensively assessed and trained by the Moray Council Shared Lives Service. 

To find out more about our current Shared Lives Carers and how you could become a Shared Lives Carer follow the link below:

What activities might be available?

Shared Lives carers will carefully tailor activities to match the abilities and preferences of their service users. Typical activities might include:
• Visits to local cafes, the library or shops, community events, clubs etc.
• Appropriate card games, board games and puzzles etc.
• Arts and crafts.
• Time outdoors enjoying the local countryside and beaches.
NB: Most other suitable activities can be arranged to suit.

How much does it cost?

A Community Care Officer will conduct a financial assessment to see if any fees will be due for the service. This will be carried out and discussed fully, prior to any placement commencing. Find out more about paying for care and the financial assessment.

More information

For further information please contact:
Moray Shared Lives Officer on: 01343 563450

This information is also available as a leaflet. Please see the documents box on this page.

Contact Us

Shared Lives Officer
Council Offices
High Street
IV30 1BX

01343 563450

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