Canada HomeShare is an exchange based, social work facilitated co-housing program that aims to support aging in place and the reduction of social isolation while providing safe and affordable housing for students. Our mission as a program is to promote intergenerational engagement and community building for and with the people that we serve.
The HomeShare program values the desire of older adults to age-in-place in their homes with dignity and autonomy while remaining socially connected and financially secure.We value the universal right to safe, secure and affordable housing as it is given in Canadian and international law.We value the human desire for meaningful social connection with all its myriad benefits for mental and physical wellbeing. We also value the unique benefits flowing in both directions across intergenerational relationships.We value and are committed to the development of best practices from research through policy to program development and implementation. We value the rich depth of knowledge and ability to make the translation of knowledge into action that comes from diverse connections across academic disciplines, government partners and community members.
The National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) is an international network of researchers, practitioners, students and seniors dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad. Our members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, gerontological social work, gerontology, rehabilitation science, sociology, psychology, policy and law. NICE was proposed to help address challenges and gaps in knowledge in and between the many facets of gerontology. The overarching emphases of NICE are networking and knowledge transfer – that is, getting good research into practice.
NICE has three main goals:
Help close the gap between evidence-based research and actual practice
Improve the training of existing practitioners, geriatric educational curricula, and interest new students in specializing in geriatric care
Effect positive policy changes for the care of older adults
More information about NICE can be found at https://www.nicenet.ca/
Canada HomeShare is a program run by NICE and began as the Toronto HomeShare Pilot Project in 2018 funded by The City of Toronto. We have now become Canada HomeShare and are piloting our model of exchange based cohousing across Canada beginning in 2021.
Research and Evaluation
Toronto HomeShare Program Manager
Canada HomeShare National Manager
Chief Technology Officer.