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22 May 13 10:20

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


3 Comments

Brian Ivanovic - 29 May 2013, 5:41 p.m.

For those who want it I think its a very good idea to have an option for older people to live within the community for a longer period so that they can more easily interact and contribute. I particularly like the idea of intergenerational home sharing as there can be benefits going in both directions for the interactions that can happen across age groups. The idea of house sharing is also present in the US, but from a quick scan it appears that a more common model is to group elderly in a home within the community. As an example:

http://www.seniorhomesharing.org/about-us/our-story/

Overall I think this idea can help reduce the costs of living in the community as people age, which can help leverage retirement resources in a more efficient way.

Daniel Martin Eckhart - 10 Jun 2013, 7:49 a.m.

Excellent articles, thanks Nicola! There are some more good pieces on Hannover@50 site > http://www.hanover50debate.org.uk/debate

I like both the co-housing and home-share ways - but they should ideally be age-diverse. If co-housing were to be among elderly people exclusively, many of the benefits wouldn't manifest. Yes, it would be more empowering than a retirement home, but not by much. I have a strong belief in the millenials - this next generation is more willing to give, to care, to share. This is a tremendous power that should be harnessed - give young people a purpose, show them how they can help. I love the home-share option - a clear win-win.

On a side note: I personally know of one young guy who's become the personal caregiver of an old Alzheimer patient. This young man, Dan, has been willing to give years of his life and passion to be with the old man, to give him time, care, warmth. Find out more about Dan and his blogs here > http://mrdriftwood.com/

Nicola Oliver - 10 Jun 2013, 3 p.m.

Daniel that blog is truly inspirational thank you for sharing...
I believe that the homeshare project also proposes that the communities should be age-diverse, linking the needs of older people, and the skills of younger people, for a mutually beneficial community. It's a tremendous concept and something I'll be following in terms of development.


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