Just read this article this morning. It sounds promising, especially the rental: 30% of an individual's income.
A lot of the features of AL are shared, but other than maintenance, it doesn't appear that there are employees such as would be found in AL. Apparently the residents would have to be somewhat more self sufficient and "able bodied."
A much smaller unit could create more bonding, but it could also create more friction as residents interact more closely than in a larger facility where people can liberally be anonymous.
And, there would be only one gender, which could be better or worse, depending on the type of friendly interaction the residents want.
There would also still have to be a corporate or similar entity to fund the construction and handle the maintenance, so it wouldn't entirely be a Golden Girls situation.
I see both benefits and drawbacks; I'm interested in what others feel. Good idea? Doomed to failure? How could the concept be improved?
One thing I would definitely want to see is a garden, wheelchair accommodated, of course. I think residents could become much closer with common goals, and producing one's food and flowers can do that.
Costs might be saved on transit, especially for wheelchair bound people. The management could negotiate with local assisted transport as a sole source contractor, which would also provide one specific company as opposed to public transit (which isn't always available in some communities), and gambling on finding a good transportation service.
(I just experienced that when an ambulance non-EMS service forgot about the commitment.)
I would also think that local Girl and Boy Scout troops as well as Senior Centers might work together to provide more community support.
Please share your thoughts; I'm really interested on others' opinions on this concept. I can a lot of work, but I can also see a lot of benefits, for aging individuals as well as communities.
And thanks for contributing.