Offering live-in companionship and support to people in their own home in the London Borough of Wandsworth
What is Homeshare?
Homeshare is a high quality scheme that matches younger people, looking for affordable accommodation and willing to provide help at home, with people (either singles or couples) who have a spare room and need extra support around the house.
Homesharers can help with things like cooking, cleaning, laundry and shopping, taking care of pets, as well as providing friendship and companionship.
This type of live-in support doesn’t replace a full care service, but can be used alongside care support and as respite. It also provides the peace and security of having someone there every night when family and friends aren’t able to be.
The minimum length of time for the arrangement is 6 months, providing the client with 10 hours support each week (the type of support will vary with each matching).
What will the Homeshare Team do?
The Homeshare Team personally interview all applicants and visit the client’s home to ensure that they find the right match. They undertake detailed checks of Homesharers, DBS checks (criminal records) and two references, and matching for all applicants to make sure the matching works well for both parties. They also provide ongoing monitoring and reviews to ensure that the match is successful.
Is there a cost?
There is a monthly fee of £130 for the service (there is no exchange of money between the householder and the Homesharer).
Who are Homeshare and is this a new scheme?
Homeshare is a scheme run by Novus – The London Carers’ Centres Consortium (Wandsworth Carers’ Centre are members of Novus), which is also a registered charity. The scheme was originally launched in 2000 by Crossroads Care CNL. In July 2014, the Homeshare scheme was transferred to the charity Novus and it has gone from strength to strength ever since, being a popular choice for many people across London.
“I was very worried about the future. I really valued my independence, but it was getting harder for me to cope all on my own. I wasn’t ready for a care home and the last thing I wanted was to be a burden on anyone. All I needed was a bit of companionship and a helping hand at home”. Householder, Sally.
How do I find out more?
To find out more, please call 020 8868 5224, ext. 33 or 07914 808986. You can also visit their website at www.novus-homeshare.org.uk or download the application form at https://novushomeshare.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/novus-hh-application-form.docx to make a referral.