Share My Home2017-12-04T12:20:04+00:00

Share My Home

Can you offer a room in your home in exchange for nightly presence for your peace of mind and security and 10 hours of weekly support?

IS HOMECARE RIGHT FOR ME

Who benefits from a homeshare agreement?

  • Any person(s) who owns or rents a property long term and has a spare bedroom

  • Person who wishes to remain living in their own home independently for as long as possible

  • Person who is lonely and/or isolated and would like companionship and security, especially at night

  • Elder parent whose children live a distance away and would like peace of mind their parent is not on their own

WOULD THIS WORK FOR ME?

A Homeshare arrangement may not be for everyone. It is important that you consider the following questions.

  • Why do I want to Homeshare with someone?

  • Is my home or apartment suitable for sharing?

  • Am I a sociable person? Do I enjoy company?

  • Is the space I am making available ready for another person?

  • If the Homesharer requires an unfurnished room, is there storage space for my possessions?

  • Do I need a helping hand around the house? If so, how much?

  • Am I willing to share my living space? (Kitchen, sitting room, garden)

  • Do I want a casual relationship with my homesharer or am I looking for a friendly companion I can share certain activities and interests with?

  • What are my shortcomings that may present difficulties to anyone living with me?

PROCESS

Once you make contact with THE HomeShare, one of our dedicated team will be able to talk you through the process in more detail. But to give you some idea…

Step 1

If you fill in the online application form, one of our Homeshare Coordinators will carefully go through your application. You will receive a phone call to discuss it in more detail.

Step 2

If you ring our office, we will either send you out information via email or discuss over the phone, but usually both.

Step 3
If you are a Householder interested in taking part in a Homeshare Agreement, we will visit you in your home to discuss in more detail what accommodation you are able to provide a Homesharer and what level of support you would like to receive in return.

We will also ask for 3 references which we will verbally confirm. We believe in keeping the lines of communication open and like to work within a multi-disciplinary team which may include your family, GP, PHN (Public health nurse)

Step 4

If you are a Homesharer interested in entering a Homeshare Agreement, we will ring you to conduct a preliminary phone interview. If we deem you are a suitable candidate, we will invite you for a face to face interview. If you successfully pass this stage, we will ask you for certain documentation (medical clearance certificate, fill in a National Vetting Bureau’s clearance check form and 3 references which we will verbally confirm).

Step 5
Once both parties have gone through the vetting process, we will carefully match up a Householder with a Homesharer. This stage in the process is crucial. THE HomeShare will introduce you both and encourage you to spend some time together; go for a walk, have a coffee in a local coffee shop or even stay at home and have a cuppa and get to know eachother.

The time length of this stage can be as slow or fast paced as both parties feel comfortable with.

Step 6
Once both parties are happy to take the next step, the Homeshare Coordinator will sit down with the Householder, Homesharer and anyone else who would like to be apart of the Homeshare Agreement planning stage. In our experience, we find it beneficial for family members of the Householder to partake in this stage.
Step 7

Once the Homeshare agreement has been agreed, the Homesharer will move in.

Step 8

There will be a 14 day trial period. At the end of this period, either side to the agreement may discontinue if they wish. If both parties are happy to continue, the agreement commences for a time period of either 9 months or 12 months.

It is possible to continue past the 9 or 12 month agreed period and a renewed homeshare agreement will need to be signed for a further 9 or 12 months and the annual placement fee paid.

Step 9
THE HomeShare will keep in regular contact with both the Householder and the Homesharer to ensure the Homeshare Agreement is being adhered to and both parties are happy.

FAQ

How does Homeshare work?

Homeshare relies on friendship, mutual respect and support by both parties and family members. “THE HomeShare” is the “Introducer” but in order for the relationship to be successful, both the Householder and Homesharer must be sensitive to each other.

What do I get in exchange for sharing my home with someone?

The beauty of Homeshare is that it is a win-win solution equally to both the Householder and the Homesharer. In exchange for offering a room to a carefully matched Homesharer, the Householder receives up to 10 hours per week in practical support. This support can include shopping, gardening, household chores, running errands, taking trips together etc… The Householder also has the added reassurance that there is a presence in the home for a minimum of 5 nights per week.

What can I expect from “THE HomeShare” after my Homesharer has moved in?

Your allocated Homeshare Coordinator will be available for support throughout the arrangement and will also be available for support and advice at the end of the Homeshare arrangement.

What if something goes wrong?

Having worked in the Homecare Industry for many years, we are fully aware that from time to time, things don’t always work out smoothly. THE HomeShare have a stringent vetting policy to ensure we introduce Homesharers we would only be happy to share our home with ourselves.

However, our dedicated Homeshare Coordinators are on hand to provide support if something goes wrong. In our experience, we find that most of the time all that is required is the coordinator communicating expectations or concerns in order to get the match back on track.

There is normally a notice period of one month to end the Homeshare arrangement (usually due to the Householder requiring more support than a Homeshare arrangement can provide or the Homesharer moving due to changing jobs or finishing college) However, in the case of gross misconduct, there is no notice period.

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