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Housing Options for Seniors

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. Living in your own home as a senior is living in freedom and comfort or you can even live somewhere near your old home. It is not always very practical to continue living is a large family house when all your children are living on their own. Keeping a maintaining a large house all by yourself can drain you physically as well as financially. The option of living in a retirement house is repulsive to you.

Are there senior housing options where they can own their home and live independently like they used to? 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. They utilize 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. These are multi-family housing where you can own a home which are very convenience and efficient. The idea is appealing to those who want to have their own home but don’t want to be isolated in a large house.

Condominiums for senior citizens is another option for their housing. There are many advantages to living in a condominium. Single family homes and apartments are nothing like a condo. Here you share ownership of the common area while holding the title to your own unit.

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.

The popularity of home matching programs is due to 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. 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. Some hotels are high rises and have landscaped gardens but others are like concrete shoe boxes built in good locations nearby 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.

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