For senior citizens, the worst experience would be to lose your freedom and be made to live in a home full of other seniors like you. Most older people want to stay in their own comfortable homes. or if not, at least in the same neighborhood. Living by yourself, when all your children have become adults, is somewhat impractical. The maintenance and upkeep of this house is difficult not only financially but physically as well. The option of living in a retirement house is repulsive to you.
What, then, are the best options for seniors who still want to live in their own homes when their children leave to be on their own? 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 choose to place your mobile home of your own family property or else choose to live with other seniors in a mobile home community.
There are also homes in cooperatives that are found in urban areas. These are multi-family housing where you can own a home which are very convenience and efficient. Here, they have their own home but they are not isolated from the community.
Seniors can also live in condominiums. There are many advantages to living in a condominium. They are different from single family homes or apartments. Here you have ownership of your own unit and you are also a shared owner of the common area.
You can also consider accessory apartments if you house is too large and the utility bills and maintenance are too much. An accessory apartment is created in an extra space of a single family house.
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. Good home matching services offer counseling help in identifying needs and concerns.
Retirement hotels are intended for people over 62. You can either live in a high rise hotel with landscaped gardens or concrete shoe boxes build it good locations near public transportation. You can include meals, maid services, activities, personal grooming assistance, and chore services in your monthly rental or else pay extra fees for it.