Light Rent for Light Caregiving: Seniors Exchanging Rooms for Care
The New Old Age has started a series about what they call “grassroots versions” of senior housing and elder care. The first post tells an interesting story: A retired nurse rents a room from an elderly woman and gives light care and companionship in exchange for subsidized rent. (The elderly woman’s son also lives there.)
A couple of caveats: The post calls this arrangement “home sharing” but doesn’t mention that home sharing is often (probably usually) a simple roommate arrangement, with no care involved. You can read more about that here.
In addition, it’s easy to assume from the story that the nurse is with the elderly woman all the time, as a full-time caregiver. But in a comment underneath the post, the writer who runs the blog, Paula Span, clarifies that the caregiving time is less than 10 hours a week. (Span didn’t write the post; a fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism did.)
You can read the post and watch an accompanying video here: “My House, Our Home.”
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who covers finding and paying for long-term care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.