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Senior cohousing communities – an alternative approach for the UK?

Maria Brenton

15 January 2013

Is cohousing an option for older people?

This paper outlines the benefits of cohousing for older people. It draws on successful cohousing examples from Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands, and outlines the growing movement in the USA.

There aren't yet any successful examples of cohousing in the UK, and this paper outlines its potential at a time when the typical housing ‘menu’ available to older people is still very limited. Support often amounts to domiciliary care (until needs become too intensive), followed by sheltered/extra care housing (if available locally) and/or a place in a care home.

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