Ten Nottinghamshire households have signed up to become short-term or long-term carers for older people and adults with a disability following a County Council campaign earlier this year.
The Council’s Shared Lives scheme aims to recruit carers from across the county to help support people with a physical or learning disability, a mental health need or older people.
There are currently 31 carer households in the county either offering long-term accommodation and support or short breaks in addition to the 10 new recruits.
All carers receive training and ongoing support and are paid depending on the needs of the person or people they care for.
Councillor Muriel Weisz, Chair of the Adult Social Care and Health Committee at the Council, said: “It’s fantastic news that we have an extra 10 Shared Lives carers in the county this year and we have another 23 in the process of being considered which is very promising.
“The beauty of this scheme is that it offers people needing support a real home environment to give their carer a break or allow them to live more independently away from a care home setting.
“Shared Lives carer households also benefit as the role is very rewarding and we work with them to ensure their placements fit in with their lives whether they are single people or a couple with a family of their own.”
Anyone who is interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer can visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/sharedlives, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0300 500 80 80.