Older people are sometimes left with no choice but to be transferred to a senior facilities where they live with other seniors for the rest of their lives. Most older people want to stay in their own comfortable homes. or if not, at least in the same neighborhood. 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. 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? There are a few options available for seniors who don’t not want to live in a structured retirement facility.
Today, there are manufactured mobile homes that are very attractive for older people. What is great about these mobile homes is that they are affordable, energy efficient, spacious, and is specifically designed for seniors. Universal design features are used in these homes. You can live in a mobile house near or on your family property or live with other seniors in a mobile home community.
There are also homes in cooperatives that are found in urban areas. These are owned homes which give the benefit of convenience and efficiency of multi-family housing. This is appealing to many seniors because they live in a great community while having their own home.
There are also condominiums for senior citizens. There are many advantages to living in a condominium. Condos are different from apartments or single family homes. Here you have ownership of your own unit and you are also a shared owner of the common area.
If your house is too large and your utility bills and maintenance are too expensive then you can consider an accessory apartment. An accessory apartment is created in an extra space of a single family house.
The popularity of home matching programs is due to the lack of adequate senior housing. Senior matching services are available where you they can match you as a roommate to another senior. 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.
If you are over 62, you can live in a retirement hotel. There are nice high rise retirement hotels with beautiful gardens but there are also cheap concrete ones but situated in good place 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.