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Help How Do I Suggest Home Share to My Mum?

When suggesting a homeshare arrangement to an elderly parent, it's important to approach the conversation with sensitivity, empathy, and an understanding of their needs and concerns. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the discussion:

Is It The Right Time To Home Share?

  1. Choose the right time and place: Find a quiet and comfortable setting where both you and your parent can have a focused conversation without distractions.

  2. Empathize with their concerns: Begin by expressing your love and concern for your parent's well-being. Acknowledge any potential worries they may have about living alone or their ability to manage daily tasks.

  3. Highlight the benefits: Explain the concept of homesharing and the potential advantages it offers. Emphasize that having a companion or helper can enhance their safety, reduce feelings of loneliness, and provide additional support with household chores, errands, or personal care.

  4. Share success stories: If you know of any positive experiences or success stories related to homesharing, share those examples. Hearing about others who have benefited from this arrangement might help alleviate their concerns. Click here to see what our homeshare community have to say about us.

  5. Address privacy concerns: Assure your parent that their privacy and personal space will be respected. Emphasize that reputable homeshare programs carefully vet their participants and match individuals based on compatible lifestyles and preferences.

  6. Involve them in the process: Make your parent an active participant in the decision-making process. Ask for their input and preferences regarding the qualities they would like in a homeshare companion. This involvement can help them feel more in control and ease any apprehension they may have..

  7. Address financial aspects: Discuss the financial aspects of homesharing, such as the potential cost savings compared to other alternatives like assisted living facilities. Provide a clear breakdown of any financial responsibilities your parent may have in a homeshare arrangement.

  8. Plan a trial period: Propose a trial period during which your parent can try out the homesharing arrangement and assess whether it suits their needs and preferences. This trial period can provide reassurance and allow your parent to make an informed decision. However do be mindful of the challenges home share companions face on the rental market so please do not enter into an arrangement unless you are fully onboard.

  9. Reassure your ongoing involvement: Let your parent know that you will continue to be involved and supportive throughout the process. Offer to help with the initial transition and be available for any questions or concerns they may have.

Remember, the decision to pursue a homeshare arrangement should ultimately be made by your parent. Be patient, understanding, and open to their perspective. Respect their autonomy and choices, even if they decide against homesharing. If you want to take the next step please click here to register.



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