Cohousing is a form of "intentional community" created and run by its residents. It consists of private houses or flats with shared facilities, such as communal cooking and washing areas, and the residents offer mutual support.
Homeshare matches elderly and vulnerable people with younger people who are willing to offer them help in exchange for cheap accommodation in the older person's home.
Research published yesterday as part of the Hanover@50 debate, looked at two forms of "sociable" housing – cohousing and Homeshare – and whether they had the potential to combine older people's need for practical support and social opportunities with a wide range of ages.
Read the full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/may/21/sociable-housing-older-people-community
Further insights into this concept, and other innovative projects can be seen here: http://www.nesta.org.uk/areas_of_work/public_services_lab/past_projects_public_services_lab/age_unlimited
Category: Funding longer lives: Long-term care