Do you need companionship or practical help at home? Would you benefit from having a regular friendly face at home? If so, Homesharing may be for you.
Homeshare is a scheme that carefully matches two individuals together, a Householder and a Homesharer. A Homesharer is a kind and caring individual who is able to provide ten hours of support each week. In exchange for this support, a Householder provides rent free accommodation for the Homesharer.
What Support Can I Receive?
The type of support you can receive is dependent on you and what you would like the Homesharer to help with. Typical tasks Homesharers help with include:
- Light cleaning
- Technical support
- Help with pets
- Help getting to appointments
- Help with outings
- Medication prompting
In addition to this help, we ask that Homesharers are present overnight for at least five nights per week. Homesharers are not registered carers so they cannot help with personal care (toileting, washing and dressing or administering medication). They can however give a friendly reminder to take medication.
How are Homeshares Vetted?
Homesharers will also need to complete an application form followed by a face to face interview with one of our Homeshare Co-ordinators. Homesharers will have to have a DBS (formerly CRB) check and will need to provide two current references. Once we have screened the Homesharer, you will have the opportunity to meet them before they move in. This could be at your home or a local coffee shop, whatever you feel comfortable with.
Who are Homesharers?
Our Homesharers come from a range of different backgrounds. Most tend to be students or working professionals who are kind and caring and are willing to help and give back.
How does Lightshare Support the Match?
We provide a safe and supportive service with background checks and ongoing support for Householders and Homesharers. Once a Homesharer has moved in, your Homeshare Co-ordinator will call every month and visit every two months at a time convenient to you and the Homesharer. We also have a 24/7 helpline in case you need support out of hours. Your welcome to call us at anytime or if you would prefer a visit to discuss your arrangement, just let us know.