Thanks to Cathy Gregg, who manages the Shared Lives scheme in Richmond, who shared (with permission) this letter from a family member whose mother uses Shared Lives:
I just wanted to put in writing my thoughts about the Shared Lives scheme. I have to praise everyone involved for the caring, thoughtful and professional way in which they have treated myself, my husband and my mother. The whole exercise has been done so lovingly and I can’t thank you enough for the way you have all made us feel so important. It makes such a difference to know that we are not alone.
Maggie has been an absolute rock and I appreciate everything she has done. Pam, and her family, are just delightful and Mum had the most wonderful time with her recently and cannot wait to visit them again. I was able to relax knowing that she was in a safe environment where she would be happy and well looked after.
I think the Shared Lives scheme is fantastic and I would like you to pass my thanks to Richmond for taking this on board. Long may it continue to help and support people.
If you want to find out more about how Shared Lives is providing day support and short breaks for older people, contact Sue@sharedlivesplus.org.uk