HEALTH SERVICE CONSIDERS AIRBNB-STYLE RECOVERY BEDS
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.