Ageing Well: Housing options and alternative modes of living in later life - Home sharing

Published: 05/11/2021

This podcast provides a unique insight into the experience of and journey to living as home sharers, highlighting the untapped potential and opportunities of more innovative and under-utilised models of housing.

Mary Robson, Research and Development Officer at Research in Practice speaks to Alison and Betty (and Ebony the cat) about their experiences of living together as home sharers.

They provide a unique insight into their experience of and journey to living as home sharers, highlighting the untapped potential and opportunities of more innovative and under-utilised models of housing.

The podcast accompanies chapter one of the Ageing Well: Evidence Review, which provides an overview of the current and emerging issues in relation to housing, modes of living and care for a new and diversifying generation of older adults. This episode is part of a series of podcasts aiming to bring to life this evidence review by showcasing the lived experience of older people living in alternative and innovative housing models.

Talking Points

This podcast looks at:

  • Home sharing as a housing option for later life.
  • The process of becoming a home sharer.
  • Day to day life as a home sharer.
  • The benefits of home sharing - companionship and reducing loneliness.
  • The importance of honesty, open communication and boundaries.

Resources that are mentioned in this Episode

Reflective questions

Here are reflective questions to stimulate conversation and support practice. 

  1. What home sharing options are there in your local area?
  2. What are the main benefits of home sharing?
  3. Do you explore home sharing with the older people you work with?
  4. What is important to consider when thinking about home sharing as a housing option?
  5. What are the key messages from the podcast and how could these support you to think differently about housing options in later life for the people you work with?

Please note: 12.24 Alison provides 60 hours a month of time with Betty as part of the home sharing agreement, not a week as mentioned within the podcast.

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - The role of social workers | Person-centred practice | Effective assessment and outcome based support planning | Direct work with individuals and families | Values and ethics | Developing confident and capable social workers | Assuring good social work practice and development | Relationship-based practice supervision

CQC - Effective

PCF - Values and ethics | Diversity and equality