One crucial element of aging well is housing, and there’s much to criticize about what’s currently available.
For one, there aren’t enough properties that provide for the affordability, accessibility, and social well-being necessary for seniors’ quality of life.
Thus, developing housing that incorporates universal design features — no-step entries; bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens on the ground level; wide doorways and hallways; variable counter heights; and lever-style handles.
The Milken Institute report does point to several promising lifestyle trends that address seniors’ needs, including:
· Co-housing — People live in their own homes but have communal spaces like kitchens, living rooms, and dining areas where residents come together for meals and socializing.
· Student matches – Older homeowners rent rooms to students, providing affordable housing for students and easing seniors’ housing costs. In addition, homeowners can get help with household tasks and forge deeper social connections.
· Home sharing — Adults living together bring benefits similar to student matches – sharing household tasks and easing housing costs and social isolation.
· Multigenerational housing and granny units – Seniors living with family members or in an on-site granny flat or accessible dwelling unit (ADU) on the property can strengthen family relationships, keep seniors out of institutional settings, and lower the costs of caregiving.
If you need help with housing or need help for a loved one. Contact us. We can help you sort through available options and answer any questions you may have.