Loper says that level of due diligence was one of the facts that persuaded her to try living with a roommate. Asked what advice she has for other seniors thinking of sharing their home, she says to make sure the matching service performs an equally thorough background check.
Might there be a business opportunity here? For a for-profit company matching elderly roommates? Both Caraviello and Loper think not, and for the same reason: There’s not enough money in it, given that the clients would include many living on fixed incomes.
Caraviello says Affordable Living for the Aging is not alone in the matching service it provides. Some 60 other organizations with related services can be found via the National Shared Housing Resource Center.