What is Homeshare?
Homeshare matches people who need companionship and some practical help to live at home (Householders) with people who need accommodation (Homesharers). Homesharers provide companionship, an overnight presence and up to 10 hours of practical help per week instead of rent. Homesharers provide their own food and a share of utility bills.
If you are interested in being a Householder, call us on 1300 277 478
Who are Householders?
Householders are people over 65 who live in their own homes in Melbourne's eastern and southern suburbs and who can benefit from companionship and practical assistance.
Who are Homesharers?
Homesharers can come from all backgrounds, aged from their 20s through to retirees. They are mature, reliable and are interested in living with an older person, as well as benefiting from living rent-free. Homesharers undergo a thorough application, interview, referee and police check process. They must commit themselves to the program for a minimum of 12 months.
What help do Homesharers provide?
Instead of paying rent, Homesharers provide up to 10 hours per week of assistance around the house. This can include: cooking, housework, gardening, shopping, pet care, and transport (personal care is excluded).
Householders and Homesharers are matched according to personalities, interests, routines and needs. They only decide to homeshare together after getting to know each other with the assistance of our Homeshare Co-ordinators.
A Homeshare starts with a four-week trial period, supported by the Homeshare Co-ordinators. If the Householder and Homesharer agree, they can then enter into a long-term agreement.
Uniting’s Homeshare Program has successfully matched many householders and homesharers, like Eileen* and Naomi*.
Other services you might be interested in
Home care packages
Home Care Packages for older people, providing support suited to their level of care needs so they can remain living in their home
Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is a government funded program that helps senior Australians access entry-level support services.
The Carer Gateway is the Commonwealth Government’s new service for supporting carers across Australia.