For a growing number of people faced with losing their ability to live independently in their community but not in need of skilled nursing or assisted living care, shared housing is an affordable and viable alternative. In a shared housing program several individuals share a home in a residential community. Each resident has his or her own private bedroom and they share the common areas of the house.
Seniors who live together — whether at home or in a retirement community — live a healthier lifestyle because they usually eat better, get more exercise, and are more social than seniors who live alone. As with “The Golden Girls,” companionship, friendship and a support system are arguably the biggest benefits of home sharing, and are part of the reason the phenomenon is trending. But the benefits of companionship, friendship and support are also available to older adults in senior living communities.
Older adults who participate in shared housing can enjoy the safety of living with someone else, including not having to worry about forgetting medications (someone is there to remind you), or falling and not being found.
For more information on the benefits of shared housing, please see this TED talk .
Each home has seven to eight private bedrooms.
- Someone who is 60 and older
- Someone who can independently perform activities of daily living (bathing, grooming, dressing)
- Someone who wants to be free of housekeeping, maintenance, and yard work
- Someone who likes to be involved in the community and possibly maintain part-time volunteer or paid work
- Someone who wants to be socially active and engage in group outings and meetings
- Someone who believes in a balance between privacy and shared living spaces
It’s important that our future residents are able to show empathy, patience and support to one another. One of the many benefits of shared living is that there is always someone close by and willing to help when needed. Naturally, a support group is formed because all of our residents are 60 and older and are able to relate to their changing lifestyles.
Prospective residents must be 60 years of age or older. Senior Home Sharing is a social model of supportive shared housing. We do not offer any medical care but do provide medications reminders to our residents.
Our list of vacant rooms changes regularly as does our waiting list. Please call 630-407-0440 Ext. 11 for more information.
DuPage Senior Citizens Council 630-620-0804
Services include Well-Being Checks, Minor Home Repairs and even Pet Care Food and Assistance to help our seniors live independently.
DuPage County Senior Services 630-407-6500
They offer a number of programs that facilitate an independent lifestyle for county residents, aged 60 or older, and provides information on other benefits for which seniors may qualify.
Lacey Creek in Downers Grove 630-964-7720
A supportive living facility that takes Medicaid as a form of payment.
Mayslake Village 630-850-8232
A non-for-profit corporation which provides affordable independent living apartments for low and moderate income Senior Citizens.
DuPage Housing Authority 630-690-3555
Safe, decent and affordable housing are key elements of the mission of the DuPage Housing Authority. At the DuPage Housing Authority individuals and families are provided with rental assistance vouchers through a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.