Montreal Gazette - - WORLD -

Bri­tain’s health ser­vice is pi­lot­ing an Airbnb-style scheme in which home­own­ers will be paid $1,700 a month to “host” pa­tients in their spare rooms in a bid to com­bat bed block­ing.

The health ser­vice in Es­sex, East Eng­land, is work­ing with CareRooms, a startup com­pany, to con­nect mem­bers of the pub­lic with pa­tients who have had a mi­nor pro­ce­dure — such as a knee op­er­a­tion — but who live alone or have no fam­ily to help them con­va­lesce.

In re­turn for a pay­ment of up to $85 a night, hosts are asked to “wel­come the pa­tient, cook three mi­crowave meals a day and of­fer con­ver­sa­tion”, the Health Ser­vice Jour­nal said. They will not pro­vide care.

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