We founded Cohabitas in 2016 after a casual conversation about our parents and how lonely they were, having each lost their partner.
We realised that life can be challenging for people living alone and that having someone else around the house would not only be better for them but also for us, their main carers while they remain healthy and living independently. Wouldn't it be good if there was someone there to say good morning to, ocassionaly walk to the shops with or to share a comment about the news of the day?
In addition we had our own personal experiences of living alone and living with friends or family, and we realised that it wasn't only in older age that living with other people is better. Whilst the peace and quiet of your own place can be enjoyable for short periods, it's more fun, cheaper and less lonely having someone else to share with.
So why don't more people house share? We started looking into the benefits of sharing and found there are many; financial, health and social. But we also recognised that finding the right people and property to share feels more complicated and more challenging in later life. You are more settled and change feels more difficult despite the potential benefits.
After all, when you're more mature you are more discerning; you know better what you like and what you don't like. Maybe a little help was needed for more mature adults - a helping hand to make it seem less challenging and to open up the benefits of house sharing?
So we set up Cohabitas.com to provide a platform for mature adults aged over 35, to help them find other people also interested in sharing, to find properties adapted or designed for sharing, as well as to provide the information and resources needed to encourage them to think it's not only desireable but possible.
We believe life should be fun and enriching, no matter what your age. We believe It's Better Living Together!
Register now to have a look around or to make contact with other potential sharers - it's completely free.
Or if you'd like to offer any sort of support or expertise to assist us then we look forward to hearing from you!
Eva Orasch & Nick Henley