This program is an intergenerational and supportive initiative based on elderly people, who live alone, and university students living together. The program creates a situation that aims to be enriching for both parties. Beyond the obvious needs taken care of (loneliness of the elderly person and accommodation for the student), it is a mutually enriching intergenerational experience which includes mutual learning and the formation of supportive bonds.
General principles of living together
It shall be based on:
- Mutual support.
- Everyday exchange and dialogue.
- Respect towards difference.
- Follow-up of the agreements freely made by both parties.
The periods of living together should last one academic year with the possibility of extending them every year until the student finishes his/her studies.
The student shall not make any financial contribution for rent, however he/she must contribute a certain amount for the upkeep of the house (electricity, gas, water) which is limited to a maximum of 70 euros per month (amount to be set in each case by the elderly person).
The student agrees to:
- Share their daily life with the elderly person at the times agreed (approximately 2 hours per day).
- During this time, carry out activities together that were agreed by both: (go for a walk, make a meal, chat, go shopping etc.)
- Be at the elderly person's home before 10.30pm, except on your weekly day off when you are free to do as you wish.
Days off and holidays
The student has one day (24 hrs) per week to go out, including at night.
The student may leave the elderly person's house one weekend per month (from Friday to Sunday) and also on academic holidays
- Living alone.
- They must keep themselves in a psychophysical state that enables them to fend for themselves.
- Have a house in good living and hygiene conditions.
- Have a room ready for the student and their needs.
- Be willing to share their house with another person.
- Not need specialist care (Alzheimer's, serious disability, serious mental problems, etc.).
- Between 18 and 36 years old.
- In Madrid for at least one academic year.
- Enrolled at one of the Universities taking part in the program (University of Alcalá, Autonomous University, Carlos III University, Complutense University, Technical University (Politécnica), Comillas University and the Rey Juan Carlos University).
- Have the sensitivity and motivation to live with an elderly person.
- Have good communication skills and be willing to talk.
- Have (at least) 2 hours available per day to share with the elderly person.
- Have the flexibility to adapt your habits and lifestyle to sharing a home with an elderly person.
How to take part in the Program if you are a student at Comillas
Contact Madrid City Council:
- Carefully read through all of the information on the 2015 Convive Program.
- Register using the online form.
- A few days later, registered students shall receive an email with information on the opportunities to take part in the program depending on the number of students and elderly people registered at that time.
- Students who have proved that they are enrolled at the university shall be contacted, in the order of registration, for a personal interview.
- If the interview outcome is positive, they are introduced to the elderly person in their home and, if both parties agree, the period of living together can then commence.
For further information on how the program works or to register, contact: