What kind of help is offered?

The key to successful homesharing is the match. The match must ensure that the needs of both parties are met and that there is not an imbalance. For instance, the person who needs a place to live must also be able to provide the rent and/or services expected. However, it is important to remind that Homesharer Agreements are not a job contract, but a way to help each other by service exchange agreement where two people share their lives for a predetermined period of time in order to improve their life quality.

Help For Householders: This is only an example of some of the duties what homesharer and householder could include agree as part of the “Voluntary Homesharing Agreement ”


Housekeeping or homemaking:

  • Light Housekeeping: change bed linen, make bed, clean mirrors, vacuum and mop floors, washing and putting away dishes, laundry
  • Shopping - done from householder requested list.  
  • Meal Preparation - some householders may eat their main meal at lunchtime, or have meals on wheels.
  • Transportation - as needed to doctors, hairdressers, errands and shopping
  • Coordinate garden care
  • Supervise home maintenance
  • Care of House Plants
  • ….


  • Companionship and conversation
  • Crafts
  • Scrap booking
  • Assistance with mail
  • Letter writing and correspondence
  • Reading out loud
  • Playing cards and games
  • Phone answering
  • Visiting with friends and neighbors
  • Clothing selection assistance
  • Escort to outings and events
  • Conversation about experiences
  • Maintaining your calendar
  • Assisting with pet care
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Answering the telephone or door
  • Escort to religious services, plays, the symphony, and the opera
  • Medication reminders
  • Walking assistance
  • Sharing meals
  • Overnight confidence
  • Security and peace of mind
  • Professional  one-on-one assistance
  • Support with shopping.
  • Accessing community services i.e. Doctor.
  • Accessing community events i.e. parade, church.
  • Recreation/ leisure activities i.e. fishing, movies, library.
  • Going out for coffee or lunch.
  • Leisure activities in the home.
  • Visiting.
  • Social activities with others.
  • ……

Personal Care:

  • Bathing & Washing
  • Support with getting up and going to bed
  • Assistance using the bathroom and toilet
  • Getting dressed and undressed
  • Exercise & Mobility assistance
  • Continence Care
  • Special diet and meal preparation
  • Eating Assistance & Oral Hygiene
  • Medication support

Please, NOTE that an original “Homeshare Agreement” SHOULD NOT INCLUDE personal care duties as in most of cases, this kind of service must be provided by a professional home carer. However, we understand that there can be some elderly care graduates, personal care professionals and some other people directly related with home care and personal care that could take advantage on finding a Householder match and could be willing to provide this kind of service). PLEASE, IF YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES ARE GOING TO REQUIRE OF ANY KIND OF PERSONAL CARE, DO NOT HESITATE IN ASKING FOR REFERENCES OR EVEN GOOD CONDUCT CERTIFICATE FROM THE POTENTIAL HOMESHARER AS WELL AS ANY QUALIFICATION  THAT CAN CERTIFICATE THEIR EXPERIENCE AND PROFESIONALISM IN THIS DELICATED AREA.  

RENT: The householder could need less help with services and may prefer benefit from a small amount of rent paid by the homesharer. In this case, it is uniquely the householder who can set the value for the services received and the low-rent amount to be paid.

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