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GOOD COMPANY -- Barbara Holborow enjoys a chat with house sharers Katie Hakes (left) and Bianca Chiavassa. Photo: Ysabella Schneider
happy at home
by KIRSTY STEIN
FORMER children's court magistrate
Barbara Holborow is widely known as the
At 80, she's now championing a new
cause she is convinced will help older NSW
residents stay independent and in their own
homes for longer.
The author and outspoken campaigner
has taken her battle to introduce a
Homeshare program in NSW to the State
and Federal Governments and the State
She is living proof that the concept --
which has been successfully operated by
Wesley Mission in southern Melbourne for
the past 10 years and has now won State
Government funding to expand across the
city -- provides a practical alternative for
healthy older people.
Barbara was living with her two dogs and
a cat in the Croyden home she grew up in
when she realised living alone was no
longer a viable option. "I thought this is
ridiculous -- I have two spare bedrooms,
there are kids out there who want to go to
uni and can't afford the accommodation, I'll
just advertise," she said.
She called the Australian Nurses
Federation and had an immediate response
from an American nursing student, who
contributed a small amount each week
towards utilities, cooked for herself and pro-
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