“‘I didn’t really want someone living in the house but I knew it was the right thing. I am so happy now because [she] is such a lovely person and so kind. At the beginning I was a bit nervous of how to be and act, having a stranger in the house, but so quickly our Sharer seemed like family, that I am now very comfortable to walk around in my dressing gown in the evenings!”
“It was a big step for our Mum, opening her home to someone new. Sarah at HomeShare Living took time to understand Mum – her character, her needs and her preferences – and to match someone accordingly. It took a few weeks, but that just gave us all more confidence the right match would be made. During this assignment process Sarah’s service was exemplary, and she continued to check in thereafter with all of us.”
“We are really good friends and she gives me so much company. We sit together, watch tv together and we eat together a lot, although we have different food tastes. I love all her vegetables and pasta and stir fries, she doesn’t like my cooking so much, but that is ok. She is very pleasant to have around in the flat. She is going on holiday next week and I will miss her terribly.
Once you have found a lovely younger person to share your home with, you will find that Homeshare is a marvellous idea. You feel less lonely, and it is very comforting to know you have company in the evening or night time. I would not want to be without a Sharer now.”
‘We were very fortunate to have been introduced to Carol at Home Share Living by a family friend, whose mother is a very satisfied client.
Both Carol and Sarah made sure to fully, carefully and most importantly of all, caringly understand the various needs of my mother. They explained exactly what to expect from them, and went about finding a suitable match. Somewhat surprisingly, but in a good way, it didn’t take long until we were shown an excellent profile of a potential Sharer along with her references. After a couple of face to face meetings, we all came to an agreement and Home Share Living arranged the rest.
This is a truly amazing concept and one that if managed correctly really is a win-win for all concerned. Carol and Sarah have gone above the call of duty to make this a very pleasant, personal and professional service.
I can honestly say, as a caring son who lives overseas, I feel confident my beloved mother is enjoying her independence in her own home with the security of having a highly reliable and caring Homesharer’.
“My aunt feels so much happier in herself since you have helped her find a Homesharer. You are a star Sarah. She used to take herself off to the hospital in the evenings because she was so lonely. Homesharing is amazing. So many lonely people would benefit. You need to spread the word!”
“Our Sharer is such a sweet and lovely young lady, and already part of the family. She sits with my husband who has dementia, or takes him out for walks on the weekend, which helps me so that I can pop out to the shops, or just have some time to myself. She always texts me to see what food she can pick up on her way home from work.
We are all very happy with the Homeshare and we want her to stay. She is going home at Christmas and we will miss her. She is such a nice person and always so keen to help.”
‘All my life, coming from a big family, through my childhood, then in the camps, the hostels, and then in my family home with my wife and four children, I have always had people around me. To suddenly be alone in a big house when your wife has passed away and your children have left is very hard. Knowing I am no longer alone, I feel lighter when I wake in the morning.
You can’t put a price on having someone else in the house‘.
‘I feel nice and safe at night. We are good companions and we get on very well together. I enjoy her company very much. The Homeshare is very pleasant all round‘
“When my daughter first mentioned the idea of a Homeshare to me, I was reluctant because I didn’t like the idea of someone else living in the house and the thought of a stranger made me a bit nervous. Now I wouldn’t want to be without a Sharer. I used to get quite anxious being alone at night and it’s very nice and reassuring to know that someone is there if I wake up in the night.”
“Homesharing has made such a difference to my mum’s life. She is much happier as she is not alone in the evenings, and she has someone else to chat to, share meals with and care about. It has also given me immense peace of mind that someone is there in case anything happens. Mum is well in to her 90’s now and I feel sure that things would have been very different and she would probably not have been able to stay in her home these last few years if she hadn’t had a Sharer.”
‘I love living with my homeowner, we are very happy and enjoy spending time together. We go out, we have done classes together, we eat together most days, we watch tv. It’s just so nice and I am very happy. I feel very safe and settled.’
“I have gained another family through Homeshare. I am treated like I have lived in the home for years, and I see the benefit of my help on the wellbeing of the Homeowners. It’s a nice feeling to know you are positively impacting someone’s life.”
“I came to the UK about a year ago and stayed on a few friends’ couches until I discovered Homesharing. Through Sarah and HomeShare Living, I found a suitable Homeshare with a lovely elderly lady that I quickly became fond of, the family was also very welcoming and accommodating and I was more than happy to be able to help my Homeowner around the house and with whatever she needed.
Staying in a Homeshare allowed me to settle and become more confident in living in the UK, and also helped me save up for University tuition! I would recommend Homeshare and HomeShare Living to anyone who was in my position and new to life in busy London, or just someone who wouldn’t want to live alone and is happy to help out around the home.”
“My experience with Homeshare has been incredible. I get along with the family I live with wonderfully, and I truly enjoy the time we spend together.”
“Sarah made the process of finding a suitable Homeshare quick and easy. She was very communicative and respectful throughout the process. I always felt that my needs were heard, and I felt very confident I was entering into an agreement both myself and the homeowners would be happy with”.
“I feel so lucky that I am living in such a nice part of London close to the tube and it takes me only 20 minutes to get to work. I really like my Homeowner who is very easy to live with and we enjoy watching programmes like Strictly and Planet Earth together. There is no hardship involved and the arrangement has enabled me to save a lot on accommodation to put towards a deposit on my own place. I definitely want to Homeshare for at least another 2 years.”
“Homeshare has provided me with the opportunity to take up work and live in a city I could not otherwise afford.”