Community living for the retired, over 60's.

Community based centres for independent retired people should be built throughout the island. they would consist of perhaps 20+ self contained units with communal kichen and living areas and be designed for single retirees over 60 but able to live independently. Such facilities would encourage single people to move out of larger homes and reduce lonliness, foster friendships and reduce the costs of social care as the aim would be for everyone to help each other. Such centres would be built within a short distance of a local town or village centre and include garden areas. Individual units could be bought or let/rented and restricted to single woman or men or a mix, scaled to the needs of the local community.

In the Netherlands (population almost 17 million), there are now 230 senior co-housing communities



Why the contribution is important

Reduce the costs of social care for the over 60's. 

Free up more houses including government housing stock.

Can be rented or bought.

Keep people healthier for longer.


by madeleine on April 15, 2017 at 01:27AM

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  • Posted by ManxVoter April 15, 2017 at 10:44

    Very good suggestion
  • Posted by dpfellows April 15, 2017 at 12:25

    This type of centre is provided widely in Australia through the private sector and is highly successful. Quite frequently these 'villages' also include or have access to nursing home facilities too. I was told that on average residents of these villages have more than 5 years additional healthy life when compared with older people outside of them (of course there may be some bias in those numbers as the people who opt for the village life may naturally be more active).
  • Posted by Yukiyama April 15, 2017 at 18:48

    Sorry this is about saving Governments money.
    Nice idea but unless the private sector can build and private residents can pay it ain't happening.
  • Posted by madeleine April 16, 2017 at 17:07

    Yukiyama the idea is that it would be a private/government partnership to build and run. However, those buying their living unit would pay the market price whilst those units to rent could come from the Government housing list and would pay affordable rents. The central idea is that all the units would belong to people from the same town or parish and that they would co-operate together to look after one another and the site and be company for each other in retirement. The size and facilities can be varied according to the needs and choices of individual communities; one might want car parking spaces whilst another might prefer allotments. The aim would be to make the community cost neutral to government and most importantly reduce the level of social care and hospitalisation of those over 60 which would be a great saving in time.
  • Posted by LeanGreen April 17, 2017 at 22:51

    One way to achieve this would be to sell Government House and land for development. Put the governor in a refurbished Castle Mona in the heart of the capital.
  • Posted by Walkerannie April 18, 2017 at 10:48

    As a single, healthy, independent person heading towards retirement age I am very interested in this idea. I believe that it would, in the end, save government spending as health (physical and mental) would be greatly enhanced.
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