Senior care is expensive in the UK too, so a group of friends is taking matters into their own hands, according to this news article. Comprised of eight couples who range in age from 65 to 70, the group vacations together, goes to the theatre together, and spends most of their time together. Building a home where they could also grow old together seemed to be the natural next step.
The article tells of their plans “to build or renovate a building which can house all of them, [with] spare rooms for family to visit and for nurses to stay.” How do they plan to pay for the nursing care they may need? They will rent out shop space on the premises.
Geoff Hiscock, one of the group members, sums it up this way: “We don’t want to get put in a place we don’t want to be or put a huge strain on our families, and we’d like to have some money to leave behind.”
Hiscock’s words are likely reflective of the feelings of many seniors here in the United States, and the issue of care costs are certainly universal. Do you think their idea could work here? What would your concerns be about building a care home with friends?