There is a "burgeoning trend in communal living among seniors, who are banding together to share resources and camaraderie. Whether they’re finding roommates or living in a modern cohousing development — private homes clustered around shared spaces that residents manage together — these seniors are finding a new way of thinking about retirement, one that revolves around creating a community where you can age in place with others. Some say living-together options are the future of aging."
My name is Marie Lucas and I have managed the care of several individuals in the past 8 years both in my own boarding care facility and at my clients residences. I noticed the value of community when dealing with aging and disable people. For example someone who has difficulty reading its mail can be helped by someone who has good eyes sight but maybe poor hearing. Also someone with emotional challenges can provide help to someone who has mobility issues etc.... One care giver or coordinator can actually manage many people if everyone is helping each other in the community. My passion is to create a model of community that would be self-empowering and also meet the needs of both the care receivers and the care givers in an affordable and sustainable way.
IINTER-GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY: THE POWER OF A TRIBE
There is nothing more comforting, empowering, reassuring, uplifting than feeling that we belong. It is like being part of an extended family. One of the most challenging aspects of being diagnosed with a life threatening disease or just simply getting old is feeling alone and very vulnerable. When one is surrounded by a caring community, those challenge seem to be more manageable.
Actually so many of our American seniors and disable people are living in places that do not accommodate their most basic needs. Because of limited financial resources, many people find themselves scrambling to make life work for both family members/care givers and care receivers.
When one person is disable in a couple setting, the other is often the designated care giver. Being part of a loving community can be a life saver for both. And when living alone with physical or emotional challenges doesn’t make sense, it is time to find an affordable place that would provide the support needed. Community living is an option that can be the most fulfilling and the most sustainable at all levels.
OUR NEXT STEP
Finding the right property in the greater Bay Area is part of our next step as well as looking at all the funding options that are available. The concept of co-housing is attractive as part of the overall plan for long term residents. I am looking for the right people to mastermind this concept with as well as researching existing communities that are functioning on this type of model.
If you are interested in the concept of this type of intentional community, please do not hesitate to contact me.