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Housing Options

Finding the right housing option that suits your needs and preferences is crucial for maintaining a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle as a senior in California. Here are some valuable insights and advice to help you navigate the various housing options available:

Aging in Place  

Many seniors prefer to stay in their own homes and age in place. Consider making necessary modifications to your current residence to ensure accessibility and safety. Install grab bars, improve lighting, and remove any trip hazards. Additionally, explore local programs that offer assistance for home repairs or modifications.

Senior Living Communities

California boasts a wide range of senior living communities that cater to different lifestyles and care needs. Independent living communities provide a sense of community and often include amenities such as social activities and maintenance services. Assisted living facilities offer additional support with daily activities, while memory care communities specialize in providing care for those with Alzheimer's or dementia.


Affordable Housing

For seniors with limited financial resources, affordable housing programs can be a viable option. Look into subsidized housing programs, such as the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental assistance to eligible seniors based on their income. Local housing authorities can provide more information and assistance in finding affordable housing options.


Downsizing and Retirement Communities

Downsizing to a smaller home or moving to a retirement community can offer convenience and a sense of community. Consider exploring 55+ or active adult communities that offer amenities and activities tailored to the needs and interests of seniors. These communities often provide a maintenance-free lifestyle, allowing you to focus on enjoying your retirement.

Shared Housing and Co-Housing

Sharing a home with others or participating in co-housing arrangements can provide companionship and reduce living expenses. Explore shared housing programs that match seniors with compatible roommates or investigate co-housing communities where residents share common spaces and responsibilities while maintaining their private living quarters.

Remember, it's essential to thoroughly research and visit housing options before making any decisions. Consider factors such as location, affordability, amenities, and the level of care or support available. Consulting with a senior housing specialist or geriatric care manager can provide valuable guidance throughout the decision-making process.

California Senior Benefits is here to assist you in finding the housing option that best fits your needs and preferences. Reach out to our team for additional resources, guidance, and support on your housing journey.

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