Community-based care service gets regulator's seal of approval

PUBLISHED: 09:01 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:01 27 September 2016

Carers provide placements for adults within their own homes

Carers provide placements for adults within their own homes


The council is hoping to expand the initiative

A community-based care service in Bexley has been rated good on all counts after an unannounced inspection by the independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Bexley Shared Lives, which supports adults with learning disabilities, was praised for its ‘positive, open culture’, while those being cared for were said to be happy with the support they received.

The CQC also reported that carers supported people to be independent, and that management was well regarded by carers and those receiving support.

Brad Smith, the council’s cabinet member for adults’ services, said: “I’d like to congratulate the small team who run the service and our family of carers on this very positive report.

“This is another excellent example of how we can support people to be independent and enjoy a good life, in a very cost effective way.”

Bexley Shared Lives recruits, trains and supports carers who provide placements for adults within their own family homes.

There were twenty-three people using the service at the time of the inspection, and the council is looking to expand the scheme.

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