Homeshare is a pilot program that offers a simple but effective way of helping older people and people with disabilities to stay in their homes, by linking them with younger people who need accommodation.
The householder offers free accommodation to the homesharer, in exchange for companionship and help around the house.
The Homeshare philosophy
The Homeshare program is based on the belief that older people and people with disabilities have the right to:
Where Homeshare is available
Homeshare is currently operating in the cities of Banyule, Brimbank, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moreland, Nillumbik, Yarra, Whittlesea and Wyndham.
The Homeshare program is coordinated by Spectrum through a partnership arrangement with Care Connect, and is funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments under the Home and Community Care program.
Homeshare in action
Rose and Olympia are enjoying the benefits of a Homeshare arrangement. Rose is a lively and outgoing 85 year old, who was accepted onto the Homeshare program with her husband Peter in February 2014. When Peter passed away a few months later, Homeshare coordinators introduced Rose to Olympia, a 48-year-old Greek woman who had recently returned to Australia after living in Greece for 30 years.
Both Rose and Olympia went through personal assessments, as well as a police and working with children’s check. Then introductions were made between Rose, Olympia and Leanne, Rose’s daughter who lives in Paris. The three hit it off, and Olympia began a trial stay in Rose’s home. The Homeshare team monitored and supported the match, and after the trial period finished an ongoing agreement was signed.
Olympia assists Rose with cooking, outings, and shopping, and is great company, especially in the evenings when life slows down. Leanne has returned to Paris, safe in the knowledge that her mother is well supported and happy in her family home.