Senior cohousing communities – an alternative approach for the UK? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

Posted on January 15, 2013. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Senior cohousing communities – an alternative approach for the UK? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

Maria Brenton

“Is cohousing an option for older people?

This paper outlines the benefits of cohousing for older people. It draws on successful cohousing examples from Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands, and outlines the growing movement in the USA.

There aren’t yet any successful examples of cohousing in the UK, and this paper outlines its potential at a time when the typical housing ‘menu’ available to older people is still very limited. Support often amounts to domiciliary care (until needs become too intensive), followed by sheltered/extra care housing (if available locally) and/or a place in a care home.”

Preparing to grow old together – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 15 January 2013

Victor Forrest

“How can housing co-operatives best support their older residents?

“This Viewpoint details Brixton Housing Co-op’s (BHC’s) experiences of working together to improve member’s chances of staying out of residential care, counteract loneliness in later life and improve support.

Key points:

■The most significant action BHC members took was to begin talking with others about the issue of ageing and how they might help themselves.
■It is important to recognise that it is not being older that is a problem but being older in our current society; and that we can work together to make positive changes.
■We all have something to give, and we all need support of one sort or another.
This Viewpoint comes at a time when the typical housing ‘menu’ available to older people is still very limited. Support often amounts to domiciliary care (until needs become too intensive), followed by sheltered/extra care housing (if available locally) and/or a place in a care home.”

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