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Why young people are renting rooms in a Helsinki care home
by Kirstie Brewer
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21 June 2017
On 21 June 2017 The Guardian reported:
In return for a cheap rent, Finnish 18- to 25-year-olds are befriending older people in a state-run care home and helping provide a range of social activities. 'It is cool living here -- I have become more sociable and I like hearing the older people's stories. It has also taught me to appreciate my own health and youth,' says Eljaala, who has been drinking coffee and sharing a songsheet with one of her older companions. 'A lot of the elderly people tell me they are so lonely, and it isn't the same to have nurses because they're here as a job -- it would be really great to have more young people around for them to talk to.' Kristiina Stenman, one of Rudolf Seniors Home's social workers said 'The youngsters have brought an energy and positive spirit into the place with them. It is a very simple model that would be easy to spread to other countries.'
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