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Home Choices for the Elderlies

We cannot avoid getting old, and the choice of where to live comfortably if not with our own families will have to be faced soon, and it may not be in a structured retirement facility, but preferably in the same areas where near to our love ones that will make us feel still able to fend for ourselves. Be aware that there are other choices that we can let our seniors make their choices.

One alternative of a place to stay for your seniors is a manufactured mobile homes which are now becoming a trend choice for the older folks nowadays. These new homes are described to be energy efficient, affordable, spacious and there are even models that are designed specifically for seniors with a so-called universal design features for the older people. These type of homes can be assembled near or on your family property, or can be moved to a community of senior mobile home in your state, depending on the zoning ordinances permit of your state.

Cooperatives is the next choice of our older folks for homes that are usually found in urban areas. The set-up in a cooperative is that the homes have a combined ownership arrangement with a multi-family housing condition of convenience and efficiency. The idea of this arrangement is for the seniors to build equity in their accommodations and at the same time will not have the sole responsibility of tending a larger home, that this arrangement is appealing to them.

Another alternative of type of ownership that gives several benefits to older people are the condominiums. What is different of condos from a conventional owned single family home or apartment is that the seniors can hold the title of their own living unit and at the same time share ownership of the common areas.

The next housing option for our seniors is the accessory apartment which is worth considering if their present house is too large to maintain. This is a version of the so-called MIL or mother in law apartment which is like a second extra space of a single family home which has a complete private living unit.

Then we have the Elder Cottage Housing Opportunity or ECHO Housing or referred to as Granny Flats, which you can make for your elderly folks, and these can be located in the side or backyard of your home, and the design is for temporary installation, separate, and self-contained units.

Next is the home matching programs which came about due to lack of adequate senior housing with matching people as roommates as the concept.

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