Guide to Senior Housing Options
A lot of seniors do not like the idea of being transferred to a senior home where they leave their comforts behind and live with other seniors like you. Living in your own home as a senior is living in freedom and comfort or you can even live somewhere near your old home. When you children have all let the home, it will be very impractical for your to live by yourself, if you are already widowed or a widower, in your big house. Keeping a maintaining a large house all by yourself can drain you physically as well as financially. And, you also don’t want to live in a retirement house.
So where can a senior live the kind of lifestyle he or she would like to live? If you are a senior and you don’t want to live in a structured facility, then there are some options for you.
One option for older people is living in manufactured mobile homes. They are very affordable, energy efficient, spacious and really designed for seniors. These homes are created with universal design features. You can live in a mobile house near or on your family property or live with other seniors in a mobile home community.
Homes in cooperatives in urban areas can also be an option for senior housing. These are owned homes which give the benefit of convenience and efficiency of multi-family housing. Here, they have their own home but they are not isolated from the community.
Condominiums for senior citizens is another option for their housing. There are many advantages to living in a condominium. Condos are different from apartments or single family homes. You hold title to your own living unit and you share ownership of your common area.
Accessory apartments are for those people who can no longer afford their high maintenance and energy bills. This kind of apartment is a private living unit created in the extra space of a single family home.
There is also a home matching program that is getting popular because of the lack of adequate senior housing. The idea in this program is to contact a service that will match people up as roommates. Here someone can continue to live in her own home with a senior roommate that will provide companionship and friendship. With this program are counseling services that will help seniors in their needs and concerns.
Seniors over 62 can live in retirement hotels. You can either live in a high rise hotel with landscaped gardens or concrete shoe boxes build it good locations near public transportation. Rental in some of these hotels include meals, maid services, activities, assistance with personal grooming and access to chore services for a fee.