Home Share Companion FAQ
What is a home share companion?
A home share companion is a responsible, kind, and mature person who is willing to provide companionship and support in exchange for an affordable place to live.
What are my responsibilities while living with the homeowner?
This differs from case to case and is determined when we create the Home Share Agreement. Light housework, spending time together, and small errands are the typical responsibilities in an arrangement.
Why should I become a home share companion?
Home share companions are provided with cozy and affordable housing, in exchange for providing companionship and support to the elderly person that they live with.
How do I become a home share companion?
Sign up with our online application
Wait for Elder Home Share to contact you about potential home sharing opportunities
Respond to home share opportunities that you are interested in
Elder Home Share will share your profile with the homeowner’s family
If the family would like to meet with you, we share your contact details with the family
Meet with the homeowner’s family member in a public place to discuss the home share and see if it is a good fit for both sides
If you are selected and are happy to home share, then you must send references to Elder Home Share for a reference check - we call all the references as part of this check
After this, a home share agreement is created outlining your responsibilities and is signed
Move in and start home sharing!
Can I bring friends over to the homeowner’s house?
Some homeowners are happy for a home share companions to have a guest over for tea or dinner once a week. However, generally socialising should be done outside of the home. But having a guest once a week can be negotiated with the homeowner.
If I’m in a relationship, can I spend some nights out of the house?
Sleeping out of the house one night every week can be negotiated with the home owner.
Can someone stay over with me in the homeowner’s house?
Having people stay over is not part of the Elder Home Share arrangement
Can I go on holidays when I am living in the home owners house?
Going on holidays is completely acceptable, but you need to give notice to the homeowner so that they can plan around your time gone. Likewise, a week-end away once a month to visit your family is totally fine.
How much notice do I need to give when moving out?
Typically, a one-month notice is advised.
How much notice can I expect to be given?
Likewise, a one-month notice is normal, but if the home share companion is violating the home share agreement, the contract can be terminated sooner.
What should I do if the home owner becomes sick?
It is not your responsibility to care for the homeowner yourself, but letting one of the homeowner’s family members or doctors know is advised.
What ID do I need to provide for vetting?
Elder Home Share will need the following, which is in line with Garda Vetting policy.
3 written references on formal company paper from professional bodies for example employer, university, place you volunteer - we will follow up with a call to each reference
Copy of your passport or drivers licence
Proof of address - bank statement, letter from employer confirming current address is required (Garda vetting)
Is there a test period to see if the living arrangement will work?
Yes, it’s a good idea to test the living arrangement with a one month ‘live in’ test.
Saoirse Sheridan, who came up with the idea for Elder Home Share when she was given notice to move out of her rented accommodation in 2015, home shared with David 98 from April 2016 to April 2018. She is now in her second home share match and continues to have a friendship and visit David in his nursing home.
What it's not?
Elder Home Share is not a care service for seniors - it is not designed to replace the role of a carer. It does suggest there is value for older home owners who live alone and would like someone else in the house for security and company. It can be a positive solution and meet specific needs of senior and elderly people living alone.
Likewise for the accommodation seeker, it is not a regular rental situation where you have the freedom to behave as you would if renting in standard accommodation. There are certain restrictions and expectations that go with home sharing as a home share companion through Elder Home Share, however, your personal space, privacy and independence are still your own.