Home-sharing is a great option for seniors to still live independently while availing the necessary services that they can’t perform on their own. It offers great benefits for both parties – the senior and the participant – as long as the agreement is clear regarding the services that need to be provided and the restrictions are understood. Senior home-sharing may be a good option, but it is not for everyone. Those who have been unfortunately mis-matched have reported elder abuse. Many Tennessee personal injury attorneys understand the plight of seniors who have faced harm or injury from medical or non-medical care providers, which is why the advise seniors and their families to ensure they make the right steps to guarantee the right senior-participant matchup.
In order to be a part of the senior home-sharing program, both parties should first apply. There are a number of home-sharing programs available in the United States, but not every state offers the program. It is important to know whether you are signing in for a match-up or a group residence. Resources such as the National Shared Housing Resource Center can be accessed online and shares a listing of homeshare programs that in available in your state. Regional housing agencies, local office on aging, and non-profit organizations can also offer services as well as information on homeshare programs, and many even administer these programs to help with senior home-sharing.
After applying for senior home-sharing programs, both participants will be interviewed in person in order to get to know them and for the program staff to provide good matches. A home visit will be conducted, as well as a reference check (either by the program staff or the home-provide themselves) to ensure safety. If there is a potential match-up, both parties will be informed and they will meet at the home-provider’s home to determine whether they will be a good match. If they have agreed to the match-up, both parties will be drawing an agreement that would compromise and detail their different needs.
Many home-sharing programs can offer different services, such as independent background checks. Some programs offer to be mediators or negotiators during the drawing of the agreement or when disputes arise, but there are programs that do not offer such services. It is important to therefore conduct research and gather information on which senior home-sharing program would best work for you.