Senior Cohousing Communities: An Alternative Approach for the UK?

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation asks if cohousing is a solution to the housing and community needs of older people.

This paper outlines the benefits of cohousing and draws on successful cohousing examples in Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands and the growing movement in the USA. The research integrated feedback from the events hosted in conjunction with the UK Cohousing Network and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to explore and support developing senior cohousing groups.

There are not yet any ‘built’ examples of senior cohousing in the UK, though there are many groups in development. The report outlines its potential at a time when the typical housing ‘menu’ available to older people is still very limited. Support often amounts to domiciliary care (until needs become too intensive), followed by sheltered/extra care housing (if available locally) and/or a place in a care home.

Maria Brenton on the Eco Build platform with Lord Best
Maria Brenton on the Eco Build 2013 platform with Lord Best

With support from the JRF this paper has been written by Maria Brenton, a member of Cohousing Woodside and a Director of the UK Cohousing Network .  See