Anthony & Tom
We matched student nurse Anthony, 23, with Tom, 93. They share four-bedroom house in Hatch End, North-West London.
Tom, who has lived alone since his wife Mary died 11 years ago, says: ‘Homeshare has made a real difference as Anthony keeps me company.’
Anthony says: ‘It wouldn’t be feasible for me to live in London any other way.’
Despite their 70 years age difference, they are very respectful of each other, they eat together a few times a week and Anthony liaises with the family when needed.
The biggest motivation for Tom to join the programme was to be able to live in the home he loves and at the same time keep his independence with Anthony as an extra helping hand and extra pair or eyes and ears.
Felicity and Bongi
Felicity tells us “It works really well for me as it means that I have the security of someone in the house overnight. It also gives my family peace of mind as I have someone to help me with the tasks I find it difficult to do and a bit of company in the evenings. Bongi helps me with the cooking and some light housework and as great and younger company”.
But what does Bongi, the homesharer, think of the scheme “If it is the right match, I think the scheme works really well. It’s about finding the right balance and getting to know the other person, it takes over a month to bond and decide to continue with the programme, it is important to get into it with your eyes and heart open. It is great programme, but it is a commitment at the same time.”
Felicity says that her family are very supportive of the programme describing Homeshare as “the ideal solution that helps people to remain in the home they love and at the same time get companionship and the live-in support they need”.