Retirement home – for many synonymous with sadness, inactivity and depression. “Ageing in the community” is a very interesting alternative.
Co-habitation or cohousing
And what is it? Some people consider cohousing as a return to the best of what life offered in a traditional village or a small town. Futurists understand it as a response to social, economic and envirometální challenges of the 21st century. And in all of that is a bit of truth.
Common housing for seniors
Senior cohousing, in English, also known as elder cohousing is a specific variant of multigenerational cohousing (hereinafter cohousing). *
No more, other very much, tapered cohousing variants exist, as general rule is that the more diverse community (even in terms of age), the better the sustainable social, economic and environmental matters.
So why variant cohousing only for seniors ever created? For several basic reasons: (1) rapid growth in the number of seniors in society throughout the world, (2) the trend of “aging at home” (aging in place), and (3) the search for sustainable solutions to housing and care for the elderly, which would not disturb so many family and the state, which requires some personal initiative seniors. Abroad Senior cohousing is also an interesting alternative to various institutions, such as homes / boarding houses for the elderly and home care services.
On aging to prepare in time
The name suggests that it is a neighborhood community where they live only elderly, but sometimes he even people from the middle-aged. A certain age limit here, unlike cohousing exists and is in different countries vary, eg. About 55 years in Denmark and the US, but perhaps already around 40 years in Sweden – is thus often writes about active lifestyle for the “second half my life. “ Logically, the sooner you get to a senior cohousing before it is too “elastic” socially, physically and mentally, the easier and quicker it will make you feel at home “among his.” Which is obviously a huge advantage.
Furthermore attainment of age, but that is indicative only and is not an essential requirement, there is a requirement that senior cohousing residents no longer live in a household with children. Children are welcome but of course whenever a visit.
Mutual aid seniors
Important is the fact that senior cohousing can live and seniors who are not fully self-sufficient and need the help of others. Everything is projected as possible with regard to the future, ie. Eg. The decreasing mobility of older people (barrier). But they should not need ongoing professional medical care that may provide a health facility. The senior cohousing is in fact already in its creation envisages potential informal care (co-caring), which between them according to the actual needs of each of its residents organize themselves. Often with a coordinated network of field and outpatient services. Everything is carefully thought beforehand and clearly written in the rules of the community.
Possibility to die at home
In each community, which is dominated by seniors, it is necessary to take all possible situations that aging brings. Most senior cohousing therefore counts only with home care in the case of the impotence of the (home care), but also with home hospice care, which allows die at home (Dying at home). Unlike family background, which is often lacking, or the patient may be running out, the senior cohousing is a lot more potential forces that can help.
If in existing communities someone dies, his “place” professes a long list of candidates. If it is still necessary to move into institutional care (eg. Hospital), the other with the patient maintain regular contact to feel alone. For caregivers usually reserved space (eg. Small apartment, rehabilitation rooms) in social house (common house).
Why migrate to senior cohousing?
The most frequently reported impulses, why participate in construction of senior cohousing and then live in it, is the desire for the highest quality spent the second half of life, ie. The greatest possible independence for help from children and the state, preserving their identity, dignity and current lifestyle, ensuring security and mutual care (source: Durret, Charles: Senior Cohousing, Habitat Press, 2005). This is an example of so-called conscious. “Preparation for own aging,” when people often abroad timely exchange large house behind a small barrier-free apartment.
They are certainly a lot of different cards than those applying for placement in a home / house for the elderly or nursing home. Here people find the most common reasons: poor health, when the family is no longer enough to provide care, fear of the future, for which apply online only “for sure”, further threatening loneliness after the children leave home, retirement or loss of a partner. While four-fifths of applicants hoping to be placed at all or will not yet be placed not want to! (Source: Vohralíková, Lenka-Rabušic, Ladislav: Czech Seniors Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, VÚPSV Brno, 2004).
Active seniors do not lose their right to make decisions about themselves
The general concept of retirement homes is that it is a repository for old people who come here to live. Although today between homes exceptions, which seeks to enable the elderly to meet their emotional and social needs, in addition to physical needs and a roof over your head, things will remain under the direction of strangers and a “client” (not citizens) loses the right to decide. Despite the fact that the Czech Republic are totally insufficient capacity and long waiting periods now, nor will be added to the fast pace of today’s generation of seniors in their fifties and thirties.
Seniors often prefer a quiet housing
For some seniors are much more attractive life in a two-family cohousing, which, however, is more oriented to children. Another entirely appropriate senior cohousing, sensitively designed according to the needs and wishes of older people. How many times is close cohousing senior cohousing built for the older members of the community who would like eg. Greater peace of mind. Sometimes it is even possible to have a senior cohousing small or teenage children, but that there are some prefer older.