Research suggests that third party-arranged home sharing (“TPAHS”) enables elders to remain at home in advanced age by connecting elder home owners with suitable live-in “matches.” TPAHS potentially saves elders, their families, and Medicaid budgets millions of a dollars per year in avoided and postponed nursing home costs. In interviews with elder TPAHS participants of one TPAHS program, we found that similarity in values, ability to utilize the TPAHS organization’s guidance, and, when relevant, familiarity with their matches’ mental health challenges, correlated with said participants’ satisfaction with their matches while a lack of these qualities correlated with match dissatisfaction. With these findings in mind, we suggest strategies TPAHS organizations can use to best serve the elderly TPAHS participants who may benefit from intensified match support but may not seek it.
SOURCE: Henry Bodkin and Parnika Saxena, “Exploring Home Sharing for Elders”, Journal of Housing for the Elderly, Published online 26 Feb 2017
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