Women for Living in Community Glossary: Definitions of Common Phrases

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One of the challenges with discussing community living options as we age is knowing whether or not we are all on the same page in the first place. Are we using the same language and talking about the same things?

If only there were some helpful definitions that we can use as tools to facilitate the conversations…

As it turns out, there are. I thought I might be able to shed a little light on the subject by providing a glossary of community related terms that can help us in our discussions.

  • Accessory Apartments. These are sometimes referred to as “mother-in-law suites.” This is a self-contained unit added on to an existing building. Accessory apartments are a great option for individuals who want to live with family or other loved ones but don’t want to share a home with them.
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit. While accessory apartments are added on to existing buildings, the accessory dwelling is a free standing home on the same property as another house. However, their function is usual the same as an accessory apartment. Elder Cottages is one company that designs and builds these structures.

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