Living at Home, But Not Home Alone

Happy and smiling couple in front of white skyThe following article offers 3 different housing options for seniors. These options do not include living home alone, nursing homes, retirement communities or moving in with families. So what is left? Read on to learn more! As care managers, we assist families everyday with the transition into different living arrangements. Thanks for visiting us at Advocare of South Florida. 

It’s a fate that baby boomers and seniors seek to escape: moving into a facility or in with their children. Even if they continue to live at home, they want to avoid the loneliness their parents or neighbors may have felt in their later years.

These older individuals are looking for a new way to live. They still want to remain at home, but they long for a sense of community—surrounded by caring people who watch out for each other. And many seniors also realize that getting help with the ordinary tasks—someone who can provide a ride to the doctor or pick up an item at the grocery store—can go far to preserve their independence.
So boomers, and many who are older, are redesigning how and where to live as they age. “Until now, there were only traditional retirement communities, the dreaded skilled nursing facilities, moving in with our families or living alone,” says Beth Baker, who has visited dozens of housing models for her book, With a Little Help From Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older (Vanderbilt University Press, $25). “People have begun to realize that if they’re creative, there are a lot more interesting and fulfilling ways they can choose to live.” We’ve reviewed three “aging in place” housing options.

Your Modern Commune

If you like the idea of spending a lot of time with your neighbors, consider cohousing. Residents typically buy their apartments or townhouses and jointly own outdoor space and a “common house.” There, residents can cook in a spacious kitchen and share a meal together (or not) once a week, conduct meetings, play board games, watch a video or exercise. Every common house has at least one guest bedroom that could be used in the future by a shared caregiver.

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