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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.

The first option for our elderlies that are getting to be an attractive choice for them are manufactured mobile homes. These new type of homes have models specifically designed for seniors and are said to be affordable, energy efficient, spacious and utilize features that are universally design. Depending on the zoning ordinances permit, these type of homes can be assembled on your family property or near it, and can also be moved to a senior mobile home community that could be in your locality.

Another option of our elderlies which can be found generally in urban areas are called cooperatives. 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. What is appealing to this setup for the seniors is that they can still build equity in their accommodations and at the same time will not have the responsibility of taking care a larger home.

The next option of seniors are condominiums where this kind of ownership has several advantages to them. Compared to a traditional owned single family home or apartment is that the title of the condos is held by the seniors while sharing ownership of the common areas of the building.

If the present house of the seniors is too large to maintain, they have this next option as their housing unit called accessory apartment. 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.

There is a new concept of matching people as roommates, and this is getting to be popular due to the lack of adequate senior housing, and this is called home matching programs.

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