How might we create affordable student accommodation whilst reducing social isolation for the elderly?
Care2let would match elderly homeowners with RCA students looking for an affordable place to live. This would be run by a leading older people's charity that would work in collaboration with the Royal College of Art. Care2let would match elderly homeowners with RCA students looking for an affordable place to live. This would be run by a leading older people's charity that would work in collaboration with the Royal College of Art.
The service would exchange a spare room, not only for money but also for the completion of specific agreed helpful tasks or contributions that would meet the homeowner's needs. This could be anything from cooking and eating an evening meal to doing an hour of gardening. The more help is given, the less rent is paid, meaning you can acquire a flat at a fraction of current market rates.
Registering with Care2let will involve matching hosts and lodgers and providing aftercare. We studied how dating sites used compatibility algorithms to join together people's needs. Lodgers will also be helped to consider how many contributions they will be able to do comfortably. Hosts must fully imagine the impact of taking a lodger into their home. Our Care2let workers will continue to provide support after lodgers have moved in. If there are any problems then Care2let workers will help hosts and lodgers to revisit the agreement, and if necessary provide mediation.
Project date: 2015 October, 2 weeks
Project team: Developed in collaboration with Estefania Trisotti, Min Kyung Cho, Sandee Usanachitt, Jia Xiang