Posted by Katherine on Jun 15, 2016 under ,

About 12.5 million adults aged over 65 years old live alone that are noninstitutionalized according to the Department of Health and Human Services.  Most want to remain living in their own homes and prefer not be sent to a nursing home.  Now seniors are able to successfully share their empty rooms to help with costs and assistance around the house at a very low cost.

The idea is to rent a room like a long-term Airbnb but create a match to help out with chores around the house for a reduced rent.

It's a win-win situation for both parties and benefit elderly, disabled people, single parents, people who need additional income, students, and the community as a whole.  Elderly people enjoy companionship, help around the house and or pets, personal care, security and additional income and most of all, remain independent.

Silvernest has a home-sharing start-up only 9 months old with about 5 employees based in Colorado.  As well as Senior Home Shares when the owner had issues dealing with her mother's heath.  Both rely on a system similar to online dating, matching elders with more home than they need and others in search of safe, affordable housing.

Here is more information on keys to successful homesharing.