Do you live alone in your own home but want to stay independent? Do you have a spare room?
A new scheme, Leeds Homeshare, offers a way for older people to stay safely in their own homes and offer younger people a helping hand.
How does it work?
We match up the older person (Homeowner) with someone (Homesharer) who needs a home.
No personal care is involved but the Homesharer agrees to provide around 10 hours a week support in exchange for lodging.
Help with those things that can start to get difficult as you get older, like shopping, cooking, cleaning, walking the dog maybe or looking after the garden. Or, it can be just to have someone to watch the telly with.
How to get involved
You simply complete the appropriate form and send it to us. We then sensitively process them: matching people is crucial to the success of Homeshare so we spend time getting it right.
After consulting the owner and sharer – a personalised agreement is developed to cover how the living arrangements will work, utility bills for example.
Both Homeowner and sharer pay a fee to the Council. A share will last a minimum of 6 months.
Managing any risks
We have also put a lot of thought into managing any risks. We have checks including DBS, Reference and Credit Checks and a thorough assessment and support throughout the match.