A new senior living option is actually based on an old model, according to this AARP blog post, For Aging Seniors, A Commune-Like Alternative.
In New York, just 30 miles from Manhattan, the 33-bed Fellowship Community adult home operates this way:“workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents are encouraged to lend a hand at the farm, the candle shop or the pottery studio; and boisterous children are welcome around the old folks,” says the article.
Another unique feature at the Fellowship Community home is a state law exemption that allows residents to receive end-of-life care there; as their health declines, they are not required to go to a hospital or nursing home.
The intergenerational interactions the community affords also deeply enriches the senior resident experience. Consider this example from the AARP piece: Joanne Karp, an 81-year-old resident who was supposed to be in her room recovering from eye surgery … was down the hall at the piano, accompanying three kids learning to play the recorder.”
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Talk back: Would you choose a commune-like setting? Why or why not?