My home is my castle. Older people often feel rooted in their village or neighbourhood, and do not want to move. When the children have left to start their own households, many parents remain in their old home, enjoying the extra space. Nevertheless, moving to a smaller and more convenient flat can sometimes make life a lot easier. There are many ways of finding out how you want to live when you are older. Be brave and consider different possibilities. Gather all the information you can. Talk to people who have taken the step and live an unconventional life. It will broaden your horizon and help you find out what’s best for you. In any case, do not wait until circumstances force you to make a decision. It is always easier to get used to a new place and make new friends when you still have enough strength and courage to change!
Find a convenient place near your old home
Maybe there is a more convenient (e.g. smaller, more comfortable, more modern) flat in your house (e.g. on the ground floor), your neighbourhood or your village. You can stay in your familiar surroundings, close to the people you know well.
Near your family
Living with or near family members can give a sense of security. Talk to your family to find out if such an arrangement suits them, too. If so, you need to discuss a few things very carefully: How much privacy and personal space does everyone want or need? How much care do you need? How much can they give? And what do you expect from such an arrangement?
Cooperatives and tenant communities
There are large cooperatives that buy apartment blocks for elderly people. This kind of community allows you to lead a very independent life while at the same time enjoying the company of other residents, especially if there are shared rooms, terraces, courtyards etc.
Apartments and residences for the elderly
Residences for senior citizens usually provide spacious two-room apartments for people living on AHV (state pension) or disability benefits. Residents can bring their own furniture. Often there is a retirement home nearby, offering meal services and temporary medical care.
Sharing a flat with other senior citizens
Some people enjoy sharing a flat with other people around the same age, with access to nursing care and other forms of assistance. The residents each have their own room (sometimes with en-suite bathroom, shower and toilet), and share the lounge and kitchen. They plan household duties (shopping, preparing meals, cleaning, laundry) together and enjoy each other’s company, going out together, playing games or watching movies. Of course, sharing living space demands a certain degree of tolerance and patience. Apartments and communal housing for senior citizens usually offer amenities such as a lift or an emergency telephone, so that the residents can continue their independent life for a long time. Further supporting services such as Spitex, meals on wheels or a cleaning service are available if needed.
Addresses and links Publication by the Volkswirtschafts- und Gesundheitsdirektion Baselland on living arrangements in old Age: www.baselland.ch _____
Publication by the Volkswirtschafts- und Gesundheitsdirektion Baselland on living arrangements in old Age: www.baselland.ch
Addresses and links The Forum 55+ Basel-Stadt offers a wealth of information on living arrangements for seniors: www.aelterbasel.ch _____
The Forum 55+ Basel-Stadt offers a wealth of information on living arrangements for seniors: www.aelterbasel.ch
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