Kay Ramsay, 70, from Kirkby, has been a Shared Lives carer for 28 years and a permanent carer for Gary Capaldi since he joined her family in 1988. “He has been part of our lives for 28 years and our family would not be complete without him.”
Things weren’t always this settled for Gary, 51, who spent his childhood in a hospital for children with special needs and was facing a life in residential care. He befriended Kay’s daughter Nicola at a club for young people with special needs and soon became a frequent visitor at Kay’s home.
Kay added: “Gary said he’d like to live with a family and within a year he moved in permanently with us. In recent years I’ve been a single carer and the support I’ve received from the Shared Lives scheme has been fantastic. Gary and Nicola also have respite carers, so I can have a break as well.”
And to anyone considering becoming a Shared Lives carer Kay commented: “You get to meet lots of new people and we have a great time. It’s very rewarding knowing that you’ve made a difference to someone’s life. Just pick up the phone – you won’t regret it!”