Aging is difficult. Even if you mental state does not deteriorate, things like moving objects, mowing the yard and even taking a walk often do. For years there have been two options available for people as they age to make sure they can get the help they need, move to a facility or get home care from a family member or professional. But Pennsylvania is leading the way with a new third option. A recent article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “Elder Law Guys: Share your home?” looks at the new program.
The recently created Pennsylvania Department of Aging SHARE Program, which stands for Shared Housing and Resource Exchange, is an affordable housing program. It brings together homeowners who need some help around the house with people who are willing to provide some help in exchange for a shared place to live.
Like an old fashion bater, the homeowner “rents” a room to the another person in exchange for help around the home. Pennsylvania has an established application system to identify appropriate matches and protect both parties. The Share program after meeting with the person in need of help will conduct reference and background checks, identify potential home share matches, introduce the homeowners and home seekers, coordinate the written home-sharing agreement, oversee trial living periods, provide ongoing support during the term of the agreement and connect the participants to other community resources.
This new option will provide a way for many people to stay in theirs homes when they do not have the finances to pay for in home care or have a family member who is able to help.
Reference: Gray, J. Petrich, F. (2021). The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Elder Law Guys: Share your home?. https://www.post-gazette.com/news/social-services/2021/08/23/Elder-Law-Guys-Share-your-home-caregiver-affordable-housing-Pennsylvania-Department-of-Aging-SHARE-Program/stories/202108220057A Neww