How Homeshare works
Homeshare has distinctive characteristics
- It is not a regulated activity and the homesharer must not provide any element of personal care.
- The homesharer provides practical support which can include help with shopping, cleaning, and cooking but more importantly the sharer must be prepared to live sociably in the property, providing companionship to the householder.
- Homeshare organisations play a pivotal role in the relationship. They undertake all the key safety checks, make appropriate introductions, and provide ongoing support.
How to apply
The householder and homesharer apply to take part through their local Homeshare provider. A Homeshare coordinator will interview and assess Homeshare applicants and match on compatibility.
The coordinator will visit the householder’s property to make sure there is a spare room available, and the property is in good repair. They also perform background and reference checks on the householder and homesharer.
Interview and matching
The coordinator will carefully select a homesharer and householder to create a compatible match. The householder (and the householder’s family) will interview the homesharer and vice versa to decide if they would like to proceed with the match. If both parties are happy with the match and decide to share, the coordinator will help to draw up an agreement.
The householder and homesharer agree on the support that the homesharer will provide. This is a flexible arrangement and can include duties like cleaning, cooking, gardening, accompanying to appointments or shopping. Homeshare organisations charge a monthly fee to both the householder and the homesharer (check with local providers on fees) to facilitate and provide ongoing support to both people involved.
The first month of Homesharing is usually a trial period so that those involved can get to know each other. The coordinator will monitor progress and provide advice and support to the householder and homesharer. Homeshare placements usually last between 6-12 months but can be longer or shorter. There are Homeshare programmes in many regions across the UK delivering face to face and local support for their Homeshare matches.
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