Young and old in care homes
The Netherlands seems to have been the first country to experiment with placing young people in care homes for elderly people. In exchange for their room in the home, the young person has to interact with the residents for a specified number of hours each week. And it works! The young people typically help to celebrate birthdays, take residents shopping, chat over a drink, and often, explain how to use the computer or mobile phone. The residents love it.
This is being tried in other places too, Finland and Austria for example. In Finland, Rudolph Seniors care home in Helsinki is placing students in rooms now considered unsuitable for older people. However many countries say it would not work for them because there are not enough places in care homes for elderly people needing them.
Room for Tea
Room for Tea is a business set up in London (and Toronto) to meet the needs of people who want affordable housing for short periods. They are matched with hosts who have a room to spare but who don’t want a long-term paying guest. There is no requirement to offer help in the host’s home and homesharers pay a modest rent.
Room for Tea is not homesharing as we know it but it is a ‘sociable housing’ idea. Like homesharing, it works on the principle of vetting and matching people to ensure they are, as far as possible, compatible.
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