Being a senior can be difficult if you’re all on your own. Florence is one of those kind ladies that were willing to share their houses with a ‘roomie’. It all started one day when she read the newspaper and found an ad from a ‘homesharing’ program. Let’s meet the senior and her new housemate, Alexandra, who’s a 27-year-old Masters student that was looking for a place to live. Here’s a hint: they’re BFFs now!
20. A Pilot in Her Youth
In her youth, Florence was a dedicated Royal Air Force pilot and loved to play tennis. She lived a happy and long life with her husband and children, but she ended up all alone when they grew up and moved out. But she would soon be lucky!
19. Alone in an Empty House
Her husband passed away and she found herself all alone in an empty house. Florence’s story was covered in a BBC interview, where she told the public everything from how she was alone and how she finally got some company. She would no longer be alone…
18. ’Boring to Tears’
She said that factors like retiring, stopping from ‘using your brain’, and the lack of activity is boring ‘to tears’. The senior faced a life where everything that used to keep her busy changed into a life where ‘suddenly there is nothing’. Here is her heartbreaking statement.
17. It Was Frightening
She was also worried about what would she do if something happened to her. ‘In a way, it was quite frightening because you don’t know if you’re going to fall, is something going to happen to you?’ Florence was right, she was all alone, but not for long!
16. 10 Years Of Sharing The House
Florence was reading the newspaper and saw an ad that was presenting a homesharing program that was called Novus Homeshare. The program was meant for elderly people, but was it safe? She had to find out more, so guess what she did?!
15. UK Homesharing Program – 2016
The program started in UK in 2016 and it reached over 200 active matches in cities like Leeds, Bristol and London. The company would pair seniors with young people that were looking for a place to live. Florence didn’t need more information!
14. A Perfect Solution
Florence didn’t need time to consider it and she signed up for it. She already shared her house with housemates for 10 years. The homesharing program is perfect for both persons. Let’s find out why.
13. The House Felt Warmer
It’s pretty simple. One person gets company and some help around the house, and the other gets a place to live in at a low cost. Her life was no longer filled with loneliness.
12. Getting a Sense Of Security
The arrangement was that the young person that lived in the senior’s house had to help around the house and make the elderly feel secure. They would support them for 10 hours per week and pay a small monthly rent. But Florence and Alexandra are more than that.
11. The Women are Not ‘Homesharing’, They’re BFFs!
Florence has been such a good host, that she got a lot of housemates along those 10 years. Now, her latest ‘homesharer’ is Alexandra. She was looking for a way to study in London, but also save some money. Alexandra never thought she would get a BFF!
10. A Place to Call Home
Not only Alexandra did her part of the deal, but she also gained a friend and a home. When asked about their relationship, Alexandra said that they ‘got on like a house on fire’.
9. No Such Thing As ‘Generation Gap’
Alexandra and Florence are BFFs and the huge difference between their generations hasn’t been an issue. The student even said that they have similar interests and she really enjoys listening to Florence’s stories from her youth. Here’s what she said…
8. A Great Relationship
‘I think she enjoys hearing about what I’m doing on a day-to-day basis’, she said. Both women feel like they’re not sharing the house anymore. They’d rather call themselves friends or housemates. What do people think of this strange relationship?
7. It Sounds Funny…
Alexandra admitted that they even ‘get funny looks for that’, but she doesn’t care. Although Alexandra appears to be a small change to Florence’s life, the senior is very grateful for having her in the house. Your heart will melt when you’ll read what she said!
6. The Senior is Grateful
Florence said that ‘the best thing about it is somebody coming in at night, round about six o’clock’. It sounds weird when you think about it, but you will soon see the reason why she is so happy… and it will melt your heart!
5. Sweet Memories
‘That’s when my family used to come home for their dinner’, Florence said and when she hears the key in the lock at that hour, it feels like time is going backward. Their friendship knows no bounds and it’s heartwarming to see that the 68-year age gap doesn’t matter.
4. It’s Tough Being Lonely
As Florence said, it’s vital to have someone to talk to instead of sitting alone and ‘looking at four walls and thinking ‘what am I going to do now’.’ Loneliness is what usually brings us all down, no matter the age and Florence was well aware of it.
3. New City, New People
Alexandra moved to London and didn’t know anyone in the city. But with Florence, when she comes home, there’s always someone that would make her feel at home and ask about her day. It makes her think of her own home.
2. You Need Company
When Florence was in the RAF in the war, she would always have things to do and people to talk with, but now as she’s old, it’s very difficult to walk and meet people. ‘And you desperately need company’, said the lovely granny.
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