What is cohousing?
Cohousing is a way of providing homes that is well established internationally and is now increasing in popularity across the UK. It is an intentional way of creating a community composed of private dwellings, communal space and many shared resources. It is a way of living with a group of like minded people while still maintaining your privacy. It is the ideal pattern for sustainable living, which promotes social interaction and mutual support.
Cohousing communities are created from the bottom up rather than from the top down – they are created and run by their residents. They often consist of a group of people with similar values and lifestyles who get to know each other first, decide they want to form a community and then work out all the details.
If you like to find out more about cohousing we recommend that the UK Cohousing group website is a good place to start.
Most elderly people don’t want to leave their homes, but can eventually find that they do not meet their needs and become increasingly difficult to maintain. Old age can sometimes also result in a feeling of isolation and reduced engagement in community life.
Elder cohousing seeks to address these issues through providing high quality accommodation and shared communal facilities. It allows a group of elders to live as independently as possible but in a mutually supportive community with like-minded people around them.
“Studies assessing the success of cohousing find that, where older individuals are concerned, the outcomes of living in cohousing can be an enhanced sense of well-being, reduction of loneliness and isolation, continued activity and engagement, the possibility of staying healthier for longer and, finally, continued personal autonomy
and independence” (Brenton, 2010).
The following link provides an article that explains this in much greater detail, along with a list of useful references. Click here to find out more.
Our aims for elder co-housing
- to enable a group of older people, who might otherwise end up in care homes, nursing homes or living alone, to ‘age in place’ together to the end of their days, with companionship and mutual support, and with all necessary services such as maintenance, gardening, cleaning and elder care provided on-site where needed.
- to have private dwellings plus a common house where members can go when and if they feel like company.
- to create a sustainable, self-reliant community that lives lightly on the land, shares resources and gives back to the local economy.
We are currently inviting interest from potential members to elders cohousing development. To find out more please contact Marian Van Eyk McCain by email at elderwoman(at)gmail.com (replace ‘at’ with the @ sign) and be sure to put ‘cohousing’ in the subject line so that your message doesn’t get caught in a spamtrap. Or alternatively via the form below: