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Let’s Be Roommates!

Golden Girls-Inspired Housing Offers Home Care, Affordability

When we move into the early years of our adult lives, almost all of us had to think about sharing the cost and work of living independently. A lot of great things come from cohabitation with others, camaraderie, companionship, and community to name a few. The same can be said about our retirement and aging years. Drawing inspiration from the sitcom “The Golden Girls,” the HouseShare Nashville program was created by independent real estate investor Mary Wester and launched by Nashville home care service Caregivers by WholeCare. The idea was sparked not from television, however, but from Wester’s experience moving her parents into a duplex in Independence, Iowa, to keep them closer to family.

The program aims to provide seniors with community while addressing the need for affordable housing units in the area, Elizabeth Moss, the founder of Caregivers by WholeCare, told Home Health Care News.

“It’s a desirable environment because they can age in place and in community, which is a trending term,” she said.

The program features a furnished duplex property with six bedrooms, two full baths, two half-baths, living and dining areas, and handicap-accessible features. The cost ranges from $1,500 to $2,500 per month. Included in the program costs are services from Caregivers by WholeCare.

The concierge caregiving services for HouseShare residents is modeled after a program Caregivers by WholeCare runs in independent living communities, Moss said.

“It’s shared costs and that it’s a shared caregiver,” she explained. “So rather than the typical industry four-hour minimum that agencies require to send a caregiver to an individual’s home, when there’s a caregiver in the home of multiple residents then we can share that time of the caregiver and share the costs.”

 Read more about this new affordable way to stay in a home environment on Home Health Care News.


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