What Makes a Good Home-mate?

What Makes a Good Home-mate?

Every time I speak with people about home-sharing, whether at a presentation, a workshop or just in conversation, I like to share the definition of a good home-mate crafted by Annamarie Pluhar, a fellow home-sharing advocate and author of the book Sharing Housing: A...
When Friends Form a Family

When Friends Form a Family

One of the issues that people have to think about as they age is: “What happens if I reach the point where I need help doing everyday things? Or if I have a fall and have to go to the hospital?  Will they let me come home again?” If you are living alone things like...
Five Million Spare Bedrooms

Five Million Spare Bedrooms

Five million spare bedrooms.  That’s how many spare rooms there are in Ontario alone, according to a report issued by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis in 2017. Are some of those spare bedrooms in your home? What are they being used for now? In many cases they...
Home-Sharing and COVID-19

Home-Sharing and COVID-19

A recent survey taken by the Angus Reid Institute reported that more than 50% of Canadians surveyed said that their mental health was worse now than before the COVID-19 pandemic.  On the other hand, 25% of those living with home-mates said that their relationship with...
A Real Life Home-Sharing Story

A Real Life Home-Sharing Story

Dorothy Mazeau, founder of Golden Girls Canada, shares this story:  “Shortly after meeting Annamarie Pluhar, a fellow home-sharing advocate in Vermont, I was tickled to find this blog post on her website.  As it happens, Norma was a dear friend of my mother, a...