There’s this growing trend where senior women are choosing to live independently rather than moving to a medically assisted living for women. While some prefer to live in tiny homes, others like the communal aspect of living in a shared-housing society.
Some like to snuggle with their cats and dogs. Then there are some devout Christians who love to spend their later years in faith-based assisted living for women.
We’re all so different!
So, in this post, we look at some of the most popular choices for senior women who may be contemplating their living options.
Tiny House Communities
You won’t find a whole lot of converted nunneries around your city these days. That’s why another excellent option for senior women to live is – Tiny Houses community.
These communities are popping up everywhere around the globe. Based on your personal choice, they can be quite a fascinating and excellent option.
Check out this list of 15 tiny house communities in the US. While some of them offer homes on rentals, most would have to buy a piece of land. Alternatively, you can also build your own personal home as well.
Most women over the age of 60 find themselves out of work. Anything that can help them support financially is a good thing; preferably for the next 2-3 decades.
One of the best options for such women is a co-working space. In a co-working space, workshops are held by the experts. The workshops are meant specifically for women aging 60+. But, at times, it can also invite an even wider community.
Topics of interest can range from launching a blog, starting an Amazon or an Etsy shop, etc. Some working spaces even provide consultancy business services for those who qualify for it.
Assisted Living Community
Assisted living communities can be of various kinds. They can range from huge multi-unit complexes to independent homes. Every single resident in this community receives some level of medical support and care.
Other activities include recreational, health management, nursing, supervision, support services, etc. Other than that, you can also expect medication management and three meals a day.
Next to a skilled nursing facility, you will find the highest medical support in an assisted living facility. This is an excellent option for aging individuals who need social, emotional, mental, and physical support to lead an independent, dignified, and healthy life.
You can find all kinds of senior home-sharing facilities. But, the common idea is that adults get to share a living space.
In one form of arrangement, an older adult would typically rent out a part of the house to a young individual. This is mostly a college student or a working professional. The idea is to share the living expenses while also possibly receiving help with shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other housework.
One more arrangement for senior women is to get together, pool their resources, and buy a home/property where they can live together. They can offer each other support instead of having to live in assisted living facilities.
Subsidized Senior Housing
If you’re a senior woman on a fixed or low income, you may be qualified to receive subsidized senior housing.
However, before you can qualify for it, you must meet certain requirements. HUD or the Department of Housing and Urban Development takes care of such housing subsidies.
Most of the subsidized housing in the US is either apartments, rental homes, or independent living. Some of them may even be communal in nature. It all comes down to your personal choice.
This type of living arrangement for senior women works much like assisted living but it’s not exactly that. The women may receive help with community meals, daily activities, etc. Congregate housing is usually multi-unit housing.
Think of an apartment complex in which each resident gets to reside in their individual apartments. The apartments come with communal support and other aspects such as common spaces, communal dining facilities, etc.
Often, congregate housing may not offer health care support, but there is help with transportation and other community activities.
This type of living arrangement is great for women who seek communal support mostly with some degree of help with everyday aspects of life. If you’re a woman who can still function independently with little medical care, this type of housing unit is good for you.
These are some of the trendiest and most popular living options that women over 60 years of age may find appealing. If your loved one or someone in your family is thinking of making the move, this post may help them out.
This guest post was graciously provided by Holly Klamer. Holly is a pet lover who owns a dog and loves to write about everything related to pets. She is a frequent writer and contributor to top online pet publications and blogs, including Faith Based Assisted Living and Pet Friendly Senior Living.