HomeSharing May Reduce Caregiver Stress

Many people who have never had to care for an aging parent have been thrust into this role during the COVID-19 crisis. With older adults practicing social distancing, someone has to shop for groceries, bring medications, check in daily, and provide companionship. These new caregivers may also be working from home, and have their children in their own homes. They may live out of town, and have to make arrangements for all of these tasks from afar. At the same time, they are worried about everyone’s health and well-being. This may be a first glimpse of what their parent’s future needs could be.

HomeSharing may be a viable and valuable solution for you. Benefits for caregivers to aging parents include:

• Reduction of caregiving responsibilities – Seekers can help with household chores and run errands.
• Security of someone in the home in case of emergency.
• Companionship for your parent to reduce isolation.
• Extra income for your parent.

Although sharing a home may not be something that people want to do at this time, the current health crisis has pointed out gaps in the care of vulnerable adults. You may want to consider HomeSharing as an option when this crisis is over. Now is a good time to start the evaluation process, so that when you are ready to share your home, a match can be made quickly.

If your parents would like to be matched right away, families should educate themselves about COVID-19 and its spread, then set up household rules to minimize the risk. They must make the decision for themselves whether the home-sharing benefits outweigh any potential risks.

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