“You cannot believe the difference that it makes just hearing somebody in the house. Hearing movement upstairs and knowing that it’s not someone breaking in or something like that. The best thing about it is somebody coming in at night, round about six o’clock.” Florence, Householder, London
In 2018, in partnership with the Department of Communities, Homeshare UK undertook a study to assess the feasibility of having an active Homeshare service in Northern Ireland.
The report concluded that Homeshare:
- Supports older people to live independently for as long as they can in their community
- Is a preventative approach which supports those with low level social support needs below eligibility thresholds for statutory social care
- Potential to help reduce demand for social housing and make best use of existing housing stock
- Provides good quality low cost homes for key low paid workers and other groups who need affordable housing
- Companionship and reduction of loneliness and isolation for both Householders and Homesharers
- Potential to support specific demographic groups such as individuals with disabilities, refugees, older males and those with early onset dementia
- Low-cost support option, with potential to reduce Health Trust spending on social care and new housing stock for older people
- Supports early discharge from hospital.
Read the executive summary with key findings