What is the Best Long-term Care Plan and Why do we Need One?

What is the Best Long-term Care Plan and Why do we Need One?

The question “What is the best long-term care plan?” is not discussed much. We tend to leave the preparation of this plan to care professionals. Whether this is the best choice though remains to be seen. Our long-term care deserves more consideration.

A good starting point for the debate about our personal long-term care plan is the way long-term care is funded at the moment. From there I will discuss our options to prepare for the best personal long-term care plan.

The maintenance of dignity and independence, access to care services and quality of life are the goals of long-term care. People want to live in their own homes and neighborhoods for as long as possible.

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Independent Living Senior Housing Initiatives are Valued and Cherished

Independent Living Senior Housing Initiatives are Valued and Cherished

Independent living senior housing is a common practice around the world. Senior citizens decide to join hands, together hire or buy a house and appreciate each other’s company. For them it’s also a way to economize. When required they together hire care or other services.

Examples of such practices are the Village-to-Village-Network in the USA and Trabensol near Madrid in Spain. The Seniorengenossenschaften in Germany are also an excellent example of intense collaboration between senior citizens.

It is good to take a closer look at the discussion to better understand the complexities of independent living senior housing initiatives. From a recent example in Belgium I explain the discussion. This example shows how important it is to timely start such an initiative and pay close attention to the rules.

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Co-housing, revival of the village sentiment

Co-housing in Amsterdam

In Amsterdam there are at least 20 co-housing projects. Most of these projects are established by older people. But what is co-housing and how do you start and maintain a co-housing project? 

From the outset any co-housing project involves a community of people. These people deliberately choose to invest in each other. Moreover, most co-housing projects contribute to the local community, education, and the environment.

To live up to these ideals they organize all sorts of activities, for those that live in the project as well as for outsiders. 

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