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Who can Homeshare help?
Homeshare is a great option for many people including those who are;
- isolated due to shielding
- living with Dementia
- living with mobility issues
- feeling anxious
- as well as those living with a physical or mental disability
How can Homeshare help?
Clients often tell us that just hearing the key in the door and knowing someone is coming home lifts their mood. Having someone to have a chat over a cuppa, or to share a meal with, is such a positive experience. And of course, there is the immeasurable value of the reassurance of someone sleeping in the house overnight.
What does a Sharer offer?
A Sharer gives someone 15 hours of practical help and companionship each week and by sleeping in the home overnight, they can alleviate anxiety and can help in case of emergencies.
Sharers offer nutritious home cooking, shopping and other practical help around the home – the hidden benefits include reducing anxiety and loneliness, increased security, mental stimulation through conversation and shared meals, reduced chance of falls, better sleep, reassurance for families and early warnings (eg the Sharer can alert the family if the person seems ill, or if they notice medication has been forgotten).
Buying in this kind of help on a ‘per hour’ basis can be very expensive and on average costs about £15 per hour*– that’s nearly £8,000 per year if you have a Homehelp for 10 hours a week. If an overnight presence is required, care agencies will charge on average £120 per night for this service.
*Age UK Homehelp service
Reassurance of who we are and what we do
Share and Care Homeshare takes Safeguarding very seriously. The company has a rigorous vetting process and robust Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. Share and Care Homeshare is a member of Homeshare UK, an association which sits under the umbrella of the charity Shared Lives Plus.
- All Sharers are vetted; Enhanced DBS (renewed every 3 years), ID and credit checks.
- Potential Sharers must provide contact details for at least two character and/or professional references, which are taken up.
- All Sharers, Householders and/or their POA are made aware of and asked to read Share and Care Homeshare’s Safeguarding Policy and Procedures.
- We endeavour to find out as much as possible about a potential Householder (including the accommodation) to ensure that Homeshare is appropriate for their situation and support needs, both for their own safety and for that of their Sharer. We require permission to be able to contact either a family member, health official or social worker as part of the support/checks.
We have seen demonstrable positive outcomes resulting from Homeshare. Share and Care Homeshare’s service has repeatedly shown to improve health and wellbeing and is also enormous value for money.
We have a very simple referral process either-
- With your patient’s permission, you can contact us on their behalf and we will contact your patient to discuss Homeshare further.
- or give ask your patient to get in touch direct by telephoning 020 3865 3398 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take it from there.
Eleri and Louise, a current Homeshare match, talking about their experience of living in a Homeshare.