Tiny Homes: How Seniors Are Benefiting From the Minimalistic Housing Trend
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The tiny homes that have become popular among minimalists and first-time home buyers looking to enter an increasingly expensive housing market have also started to attract a number of older adults looking to downsize in their retirement years.
These tiny homes, which range in size from around 100 to 600 square feet, offer an appealing alternative to expensive assisted living, not to mention less home maintenance for those living alone.
According to Country Living the price of a tiny house usually fall between $30,000 and $60, 000.
Companies like NextDoor Housing, Elder Cottages and Coach Homes have taken advantage of the growing senior market, designing tiny homes that feature senior-friendly components like low cupboards and countertops and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms.
But it’s not all about maintaining independence. Ottawa-based Coach Homes construct homes for seniors that are installed directly on the property of their loved ones.
“Social interaction with family is really important,” Louise Desjardins, president of Coach Homes told CBC. “And a lot of seniors who go into retirement homes feel that isolation.”
The company has also partnered with Nurse on Board, who provide clients dwelling in the homes access to a registered nurse to co-ordinate their care, which includes in-home physiotherapy, foot care and dental hygiene.