New Homeshare service bringing younger and older people together for mutual benefit

An innovative new service that matches older homeowners with younger people in a home-sharing arrangement is coming to York.

Homeshare York is based on a national model, where a younger person provides 10 hours of support a week to an older householder in exchange for a room in their home. Homesharers could help with practical tasks, such as cleaning, shopping or cooking, as well as provide companionship and a reassuring overnight presence.

Homeshare is all about mutual benefit. The service enables older people to continue living independently with the support and companionship of a sharer. It also provides young professionals, or mature and postgraduate students struggling with rental costs, affordable accommodation in the city.

Similar services around the UK and internationally report significant benefits linked with intergenerational friendships arising from Homeshare matches. Participants have felt less isolated, experienced an increased sense of wellbeing and shared learning, too.

Homeshare York is a not-for-profit service with a monthly contribution made by the householder and homesharer to cover the cost of the matching process and ongoing support.

It offers a viable, cost-saving option for younger and older members of the community as the fees are considerably less than the equivalent cost of support (for the householder) or rental costs (for the homesharer).

To find out more or to see if you, or someone you know, could be eligible please visitwww.york.gov.uk/HomeshareYork or email homeshareyork@york.gov.uk

2 thoughts on “New Homeshare service bringing younger and older people together for mutual benefit

  1. Malcolm Saggers says:

    I assume this is the councils way of cutting back on actual trained staff and wages while also having un-trained people living in elderly peoples homes. I would love to know what CQC thinks of this brainless idea or what insurance CYC has in regards to this scheme and what the Health and Safety Executive say’s about this too? given that these people are not trained to deal with any emergencies or specific health requirements someone might require while they are in their home what plans are set in place for those scenarios?

    Although the scheme is a good idea on paper it could be a nightmare if things go wrong especially having un-trained people supporting people that can’t support themselves, plus there are other things to consider when having strangers living in your home which opens up the debate of where security come into play for these vulnerable people?

    I just hope that CYC has seriously considered all aspects of that mentioned here?? although I very much doubt that if it saves them money by no employing trained staff and cutting the wage bill.

  2. Malcolm Saggers says:

    Something else I forgot to mention in my previous post is are all the Young People going to be CRB CHECKED??? before they are allowed to move in with the elderly people or is that something else that is negated in this SCHEME?

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