Information for Adults considering the support of a Home Sharer
Share and Care’s homeshare scheme also offers support to adults who would benefit from low-cost practical help and company. This service can help couples – for example, where one has a long-term illness or disease such as Dementia – as well as single adults who would benefit from support – perhaps because of a disability such as autism, bipolar disorder, early on-set Alzheimer’s, depression or anxiety. The Sharer offers practical help in the home and can also accompany the adult who requires support to activities, for example, and be their friend/chaperone, thereby offering some respite and reassurance to other family members/supporters.
Who our service helps?
The scheme works in the same way as our other services; it is an affordable, live-in, low cost service to offer practical help in the home and companionship to the adult that needs support. Our clients may be living with mild or long-term mental health problems such as anxiety, dementia and autism; others are socially isolated, have mobility issues, sight and/or hearing loss, or other conditions such as Parkinson’s and arthritis. They may be part of a couple where one is still trying to work as well as care for their partner. A live-in Sharer is a low-cost way of giving reassurance, reminders, company and home-cooking to the adult with support needs and – if part of a couple – additional support and companionship to their partner (who is normally their care-giver), all of which can improve the quality of life for all concerned.
How it works
Based on the idea of exchange, the Sharer normally provides 10 hours of practical help each week, in exchange for a bedroom and the use of their home’s facilities. The type of help usually offered includes:
- cooking simple meals
- light cleaning
- light gardening
- Accompanying to appointments, social events, shopping trips etc
In addition, the Sharer also gives the Householder(s) some companionship (normally around 5 hours per week) which may include eating some meals together, watching television together, accompanying on outings or just simply enjoying a cup of tea and a chat.
Sharers are not permitted to give any personal or nursing care to the person they live with. Householders may have a care package through a personal care agency to sit alongside the homeshare arrangement.
Why it works
Share and Care pays attention to the personalities of the Householder(s) they are looking to help. Householders are carefully matched with Sharers who can give the practical help they need, and also have things in common and similar interests so genuine friendships can develop. At the same time, the Householder is offering a Sharer a place to call home and it can be a very rewarding experience for them too. Share and Care Homeshare’s scheme helps combat loneliness and isolation.
Where it works
Share and Care Homeshare offers a service across the whole of the UK. However, in locations outside major cities or large towns it may take longer to find the right Sharer, and in some rural locations it may not be possible to find a suitable Sharer at all.
Share and Care Homeshare provides regular, on-going support to both the Householder and the Sharer. The objective is to monitor the arrangement to encourage a happy, friendly Homeshare and if needed, help to clarify and resolve any issues should they arise. The Share and Care Homeshare team is always at the end of the phone to provide help and support, and aims to provide a professional and friendly service.
What type of people become Sharers?
Our Sharers are usually aged 24-45 years old, sometimes older, and either works or studies in the day and gives an agreed level of practical help and support in and around the house, usually over four evenings each week and a few hours at the weekend. The Sharer agrees to sleep in the property at least six nights per week – although it is their home for all seven nights –except for pre-arranged weekends away and holidays.
Choosing your Sharer
When matching a Sharer, the Agency starts by finding out as much as possible about the Householder who needs support and partner if applicable. Share & Care then performs a rigorous interview process and vetting process with the potential Sharer to assess their suitability and compatibility. Share and Care ensures Sharers have an in-date DBS check [Disclosure Barring Service] or applies for one for them, and personally contacts a minimum of two referees. When introducing a potential Sharer, firstly Share and Care provides the Householder/s with a written synopsis about the candidate, including references, of the Sharer applicant. The Householder/s then meets the potential Sharer to see how they get on. If the Householder/s offers the homeshare to the Sharer, at that stage we draw up the Homeshare Licence Agreement. When the Sharer has moved in, Share and Care continues to keep in regular contact with both parties to ensure the arrangement is satisfactory and offer advice, if required.
Share and Care Homeshare charges both the Householder and the Sharer a small monthly facilitation fee. There is no exchange of money between the Householder and the Sharer (except for reimbursement of shopping the Sharer may have done on the Householder’s behalf).
Our fees are as follows:
- London and UK Service – Fees are £125 + VAT, which is £5 per day
A non-refundable Registration Fee of £50 + VAT is payable at time of registration.
The Sharer is normally responsible for paying for his / her own food and phone bills.
Length of share
We undertake to look for Sharers who will be in a position to commit to living with the Householder for at least one year and most arrangements last for at least a year. However, we understand that situations can change on both sides and a 30 day notice period is included in all agreements.