Canada’s New Movement for Radical Rest Homes

August 10, 2015 at 9:52 am Leave a comment



With the latest report from Statistics Canada indicating that one in four citizens will be 65 or older by the year 2030, the subject of senior housing will become increasingly relevant for most families.

What is a Radical Rest Home?

Inspired by successful models in Denmark, France and Japan, these are collectively organized senior housing arrangements in which the founders create the type of situation they want to live in — and help each other with day-to-day activities through a system of mutual support, rather than having hired staff. Like senior co-housing, with which it shares many commonalities, the idea truly is a radical one when you compare it to the type of senior living communities most of us are familiar with.

It might be an apartment building, or several individual houses that share a central communal space, but the core idea remains the same: “They are ‘run and managed by the people who live there,’” says Janet Torge. “Residents look after each other, and when help is needed resources come to you, you are not shipped out. And we die in our own beds, not in an institution.”

Read Canada’s New Movement for Radical Rest Homes by Sarah Stevenson at Senior Living Blog


Entry filed under: Community, Health/Wellness, Housing, Resilience.

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