Oct 082012

Shared Housing of New Orleans is a program to help elderly and/or disabled adults, who do not need to be in Nursing Homes, remain in their own homes by matching them with people looking for a place to live. Don’t worry: all Shared Housing services are free! Applicants are carefully interviewed and evaluated by experienced registered nurses.

Shared Housing is seeking new referrals for homeowners and ‘homeseekers.’ These ‘homeseekers’ provide light housekeeping and companionship to homeowners in exchange for room and board. Shared Housing carefully screens applicants, facilitates appropriate matches, then formalizes each match in a contract. Applicants undergo a police check and, in some cases, a medical history. Participants are responsible for their own personal needs; the program is not a substitute for home health care or personal care attendants. Applicants participate fully in the selection of roommates.

Advantages for both participants include companionship as well as security in sharing a household; dignity in knowing homesharing is neither an imposition nor a handout; and satisfaction in helping another while helping oneself. The advantages for the homeowner include: Assistance (the homeseeker helps with specified household activities) and security (in having a familiar, reliable person around, especially at night). Advantages for the homeseeker include: room & board and the opportunity to work (at least part-time) and save, or attend school or training.

If you are at risk of going to a Nursing Home because of your age, a disability and/or depression, or if you are or over 40 years old and looking for a place to stay, please consider calling Shared Housing of New Orleans at (504) 896-2575 or visit www.sharedhousingofneworleans.org.

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