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.

Click below to read more common community living definitions.

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How do I get Started Building Community?

The number one question asked on this blog and social media is, “How can I start living in community?” I thought I might take some time to answer a few of those questions.

Just like good journalism, it is important to ask yourself the “5 Ws” before to create a plan to get started.

Who, What, Where, Why, and When?

Answering these 5 questions will give you a head start on the “How?”

Start with your “Why?” What purpose do you want to achieve by living in community? Is it to reduce your expenses? It is to have companionship as you age? Is it to have assistance? There are so many reasons to consider it is important to know your motivations.

The next step is to determine the “Who?” If you have been talking about this for a while, who have you spoken to about the idea? Have you noticed any sparks of interest in those conversations? Look at your extended social networks. Who thinks outside of the box? Who might be interested in this type of living situation? Think though the tangible concepts like current life situations, time and money resources, and if you can see yourself living with them.

I encourage you to click below to see more steps to take on the path toward community living.

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