Options for Shared Living in Senior Living Communities

When considering care and living options for your aging parent or other loved one, don’t rule out shared living arrangements. Shared living in senior living communities can be much more affordable than private accommodations. Not only that, shared living arrangements in senior living communities can help older adults who are isolated and lonely by creating more opportunities for socialization with a roommate, every day. This can be especially important if your loved one has become socially isolated in their current home. There are a variety of shared living arrangements to explore and consider.

Options for shared living in senior living communities

Shared living in a residential home

Shared living in a residential home, often known as “senior co-housing,” provides a more intimate, familiar, and home-like environment. These homes typically accommodate a small group of seniors who share common spaces like the living room, kitchen, and garden, while having private or semi-private bedrooms.

This setup fosters a close-knit community feel, where residents can form strong bonds with each other. It’s ideal for seniors who desire a smaller, family-like atmosphere and are relatively independent but appreciate having peers nearby for social interaction and shared activities. These homes often provide meals, housekeeping, and assistance with daily activities by an around the clock team of staff members.


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Shared apartments in senior living communities

Shared apartments in senior living communities are designed for seniors who enjoy the camaraderie of their peers and are comfortable with the companionship a roommate offers.

These apartments usually consist of two or more bedrooms, a shared living area, kitchen, and bathroom. This arrangement allows residents to maintain a sense of independence while enjoying the benefits of a roommate and the larger community.

Shared apartments are often more budget-friendly than single occupancy apartments and are ideal for those who are relatively independent but like having someone close by for socializing and support. These communities typically offer various amenities and services, including recreational activities, health and wellness programs, transportation services, and in the case of assisted living, daily assistance provided by professional caregivers.

Semi-private suites in senior living communities

You’ll find semi-private suites in many assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. They are designed for seniors who require more hands-on care. These suites typically have two beds separated by a partition or curtain, offering a blend of privacy and companionship.

Each resident has their personal space but shares the room with another person. This option is particularly suitable for those who need regular medical attention or assistance with daily living activities but still appreciate the presence of a roommate for social interaction. Semi-private suites are often more affordable than private rooms and include services such as meal preparation, medication management, and 24-hour staff assistance.

Summing up

Considering shared living alongside private accommodation broadens your parent’s options. It includes more affordable choices as well as different opportunities for them to stay socially connected.

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