Alternative Retirement Communities

Alternative Retirement Communities

Most older people who live by themselves choose not to join an assisted living facility because they think they can do everything themselves without professional help. Well, unfortunately, the majority of the problems will arise from these people because they will soon realize they cannot do everything and they need some assistance. Before you make this mistake, we want you to read this article and give the assisted living another choice because it will benefit you. Here are some alternative retirement communities that you should check out before you make your final decision.

Shared Homes

Shared HomesThe reason people refuse to go to a nursing home is that they think they will get bored of not doing anything and not having any fun or interacting with other people. Well, in some cases, depending on the nursing home it can be true. However, if you want to avoid that there is a very easy way to do it actually and that is to join a shared home. What is a shared home, you might ask? This is a regular home that one retired person will share with other seniors. The reason why people do this is because they live in a big home they cannot take care of by themselves and they want some company.

It is like having roommates, but for older people. Even you can do this if you have a few extra rooms in your home and you need help paying the bills and cleaning the home. This way, all of the residents of the home will split the bills and they will have each other’s company. This is like an intermediate care facility because you won’t have constant nursing help.

Pocket Neighbourhoods

What this means is that you will have a close connection with your neighbors and you will be helping out with each other when you are in need. For this to work, you can either move to such a neighborhood where all of your neighbors are retired people just like you or you can start creating one. Of course, to create such an environment won’t be easy, especially if your neighbors are not retired old people who need assistance. That’s why it is always easier to move to such a neighborhood where all of that already exists. This way, whenever you need some assistance with something around your home or some daily task, you just call on some neighbors for help.

In case you have neighbors, who have similar needs as you, what we suggest is you talking to them about this idea. Most likely they will like it and you all can continue to live in your homes without moving to some new location where you don’t know anyone. The major issue older people have is they are too emotionally attached to their homes and they cannot leave and move to a nursing home. That’s why this option is so good for older people, they can continue to live under the same roof, not selling their home, but still receiving assistance with daily tasks.

About the Author Jeanette R. Ayers

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