Date of Paper

5-2018

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

David Roseborough

Department/School

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES, Social Work

Abstract

This study explored a housing model called co-housing, giving attention to its potential to help older adults successfully age in place. The focus of this research primarily focused on housing and the obstacles that prevent older adults from remaining in their own home as they age. The population of older adults in the United States will continue to increase and older adults are often faced with a shortage of available options. The co-housing model consists of individual homes or apartments located around a shared outdoor space. Members within the community share responsibility for everyday activities and upkeep to property, reducing the overall cost of living. A qualitative exploratory research design was used to gather relevant data. Interviews were conducted with professionals working with this population and with individuals who have direct knowledge of co-housing. Themes were identified and included: the cost of current housing options, financial obligations, and the availability of and access to community supports. Co-housing was described as having the potential to address and overcome many of the obstacles to aging in place. Co-housing members supporting and trading services among each other was described as decreasing the need to hire outside agencies and the potential to save money overall. This type of housing model will not meet all levels of needs or cares but could be an alternative for some. At this time this model is limited in locations throughout the United States.

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