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Home Share After Hospitable? Tell Me More

After a stay in a hospital, many elderly individuals may require additional support and care as they transition back to their homes. Home share programs can be a beneficial option for them. Home sharing involves matching elderly individuals with compatible individuals who will come and live in the house and provide companionship and support in exchange for a place to live creating a win-win situation.

Here's how home share programs for the elderly typically work:

Research and Contact: Begin by researching home share programs in your area. Look for organizations or agencies that specialize in home sharing for the elderly. You can contact them directly to inquire about their services and express your interest.

Application and Assessment: The home share program will likely require you to complete an application form, providing information about the elderly person's needs, preferences, and any specific requirements.

Matching Process: Elder Home Share will post out to our database and then forward profiles to you to review. Families usually receive 8 to 10 profiles – less in rural areas. Families will usually interview 3 candidates before selection one they feel is the best fit for the elderly individual. check out our home share companion profile page here

Compatibility Meeting: The elderly person, their next of kin and the potential match will meet to get to know each other better and discuss expectations, routines, and any necessary arrangements. This meeting is essential to ensure both parties feel comfortable with the potential home share arrangement. If the pair decide to progress Elder Home Share will carry out a character reference check on the home share companion prior to them moving in.

Home Share match enjoying some social time

Trial Period: It is common for home share programs to implement a trial period where to determine if the arrangement is suitable for both parties. This trial period allows everyone involved to assess compatibility and make any necessary adjustments before committing to a long-term arrangement. The trial period is one month, please be mindful it is better to go into a home share arrangement being fully onboard as bringing a match to a sudden close is difficult for everyone especially for the home share companion who will need to find alternative accommodation in these challenging times.

Ongoing Support and Mediation: Elder Home Share continues to offer support throughout the duration of the arrangement. We reach out on a monthly basis to see how the match is going, mediation if conflicts arise, and guidance on addressing any issues that may occur during the home share period.

Elder Home share provides a cost-effective and supportive living arrangement for elderly individuals, allowing them to maintain their independence while receiving the care and companionship they need. If you would like to know more about Elder Home Share, please reach out today.


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Saoirse Sheridan 

Founder and CEO

Home Share Companion

Elder Home Share

Fumbally Exchange

Argus House, Blackpitts,

Merchants Quay, Dublin

Tel: 087 13 85 628

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