As we get older and our needs change over time, particularly on the health and physical side, often our requirements change too – what we need from a home must alter and adapt to fit our situation in the best way.
Later life housing options have traditionally fallen into several fairly narrow categories -relocating to sheltered accommodation, moving into a care home, downsizing to a smaller home, or perhaps even living with family. Of course, there are pros and cons to all of these and for some people these choices may feel incredibly limited. Inevitably what works perfectly for one person may be completely unsuitable or indeed unwanted through different eyes.
For several reasons, the focus has quite rightly shifted in recent years, as we are encouraged to think about new ways to live. Largely as a route to enable us to remain independent as we age, but also for other reasons such as housing under-occupancy, a lack of affordable homes, a way to overcome loneliness, and now as the cost of living rises sharply, as a route to save money. Importantly, also to break stereotypes around older people – why should our age determine our living choices?
Equally, for younger people at different stages of their lives, alternatives are needed. Our homesharing arrangements welcome sharers from all walks of life, and all age groups – from people in their mid 20s who are studying at University and may need an affordable place to live, to people in their 50s or 60s who may perhaps be divorced and want a way to give back or live differently.
Homeshare enables like-minded people to live together, and in particular, facilitates intergenerational living. It gives both the householder and the sharer a sense of purpose and a chance to share your life with others, and an opportunity to thrive.
New trends in living choices are starting to fill a long-standing gap in provision and as an ever-growing number of people are shunning the traditional choices or looking for something a little different, homeshare is a welcome break from the norm for everyone, regardless of age.
As a nation,