Is Homesharing for me?
If you find you need extra help around the home, that you would like extra support and you are willing to have someone living in your home, then yes, homesharing could be for you. Homesharing means welcoming another person to share your home, and that person can do those little jobs that you may be finding harder to cope with. The Sharer is there overnight, giving you the reassurance that someone is on hand if you need them.
How much does the service cost?
For as long as the match lasts, £150 per month, payable at the start of the one month trial period. When you consider the cost of employing a weekly cleaner or gardener, and the rates charged by agencies for overnight care, Homesharing is a very low-cost option.
What am I paying for?
A great deal of time and expertise goes into creating a successful match. Once your Sharer moves in, the arrangement is monitored to make sure that things are going smoothly. Homeshare West provides a personalised service, with the reassurance of out-of-hours support should you need it.
Homeshare West is a not-for-profit organisation, with no funding from external sources. Our continuing existence depends upon the ability to cover our costs.
What are the Sharers like?
Most importantly, they are kind and caring, and enjoy the company of older people. For your peace of mind, they are carefully vetted to make sure they want to share for the right reasons, and not to take advantage. There isn’t really a ‘typical’ Sharer occupation. We’ve found them from a diverse range of employment, including:
Teacher ▪ Accountant ▪ Trainee solicitor ▪ Personal assistant ▪ Clerical worker ▪ Secretary ▪ Care worker ▪ Librarian ▪ Mature student ▪ Writer ▪ Retired ballerina ▪ Florist
How is the match arranged?
The Homeshare West Coordinator visits you (with perhaps your relative/friend) for an in-depth interview to ask about the kind of support you would like, and the type of person you would like to have sharing your home. We then search for the Sharer. It may take some time to find the right person, which does give you the time to reflect before making a definite commitment to share. The Coordinator arranges a meeting to introduce the potential Sharer. That meeting may take a couple of hours, and you don’t make the decision there and then. We know you need time to think it over, so take a day or so before giving us your decision.
During the first month or so, expect regular contact from your Coordinator. When you have settled into your new relationship, you may decide on less frequent meetings. We are flexible, and always there for help and advice should you need it.
How long would the Sharer stay with me?
If things work out well during the trial period, the Sharer will be with you for at least six months. In our experience, most matches last for over a year. The length of the match depends upon the changing circumstances of both parties. One month’s notice is expected regardless of who ends the match.
Why might the match end?
Matches end for a variety of reasons. The Sharer may change job, leave the area, or decide to move in with a friend. You may decide you no longer need support, or your needs may become more than can be met through a Homesharing arrangement. Should you decide you want the match to end, the Coordinator can make it easier by acting on your behalf.