Home sharing for seniors can solve many problems. There are two main forms of home sharing. Match-up programs, and shared living residences. These programs can provide financial relief, safety, and companionship.
Senior Homesharing a Win-Win
Monica Steinisch | University Credit Union | Los Angeles
Decades after saying goodbye to college roommates, some older adults are finding their way back to the idea of shared housing. Whether motivated by economics or one of the many other benefits of homesharing, participating seniors with a spare bedroom provide a place to live in exchange for rent, companionship, or household services. Though not ideal for everyone, home sharing has proven an excellent solution for a growing number of aging adults who want to maintain their independence and stay in their homes as long as possible. >> More
These programs match home owners with someone looking for a home (called a home seeker) The home seeker pays rent or can combine support services with some rent in exchange for a place to live.
The process for match-up programs normally includes an application, interviews, home visits, reference checks, and a homeshare agreement.
Shared Living Residences
These are usually fairly large homes with six or seven bedrooms. Seniors share the whole house and each has his or her own bedroom.
Elderly Share A Home, and Their Warmth
James Bennet | New York Times | 12.30.92
As usual, Mary Daniels, who is 88, started rinsing the dishes as Mike Stenson, 81, scraped the remains of the meat loaf and mashed potatoes into the garbage, and the others, amid considerable chatter, cleared the table and prepared tea and dessert.
The others, that is, except Bill Mahoney, 72, who stayed seated, drumming his fingers on the table in Harvest House, a Long Island group home for the elderly. "There's too many cooks in there," he said, a bit defensively. "When I cook, I like to cook alone."
"When you cook," observed his buddy Joseph Donovan, 90 years old, as he deposited a stack of ceramic dessert plates on the table, "it's a miracle."
The tiny society of Harvest House, a powder-blue clapboard home where six elderly people and one nun who acts as manager eat, sleep, banter and occasionally squabble together, is an experiment in communal living for old people. The house is part of the emerging patchwork of long-term living alternatives for the growing number of elderly Americans.