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. Living by yourself, when all your children have become adults, is somewhat impractical. Keeping a maintaining a large house all by yourself can drain you physically as well as financially. Nobody can force you to live in a retirement house.
So where can a senior live the kind of lifestyle he or she would like to live? 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. Seniors can easily afford these mobile homes and they are also energy efficient and spacious, designed specifically for seniors. These homes are created with universal design features. They can also be assembled near or on your family property or moved to the senior mobile home community.
Homes in cooperatives in urban areas can also be an option for senior housing. In a cooperative, you own a home which is very convenient and is a multi-family housing. 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. Single family homes and apartments are nothing like a condo. 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. A private living unit in an extra space of a single family house is an accessory apartment.
Because of the lack of senior housing, home matching programs are also getting popular. Seniors are matched by the service so that they can live together as roommates. In this program you can either live in your own house and a roommate will be provide or you will be the roommate of someone living in her own home. Counseling services are also offered by this matching program to help identify 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. Rental in some of these hotels include meals, maid services, activities, assistance with personal grooming and access to chore services for a fee.