Senior Cohousing: An Organizational Model for Elderly Care. A Trentino Case Study.

TitleSenior Cohousing: An Organizational Model for Elderly Care. A Trentino Case Study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsPerino A, Resta M
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published12/2019
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
Keywordsactive ageing, care, cohabitation, family, welfare policies

The paper deals with the topic of Senior Cohousing understood as an innovative practices of cohabitation between elder people. This model if on the one hand, is oriented to build and maintain relationships of social solidarity, on the other, supports the families in the task of caring for elderly people. Cohousing is based on the active involvement of each and on cooperation between people; for these reasons it could represent a new organization model for the care of people that could promote their active ageing. To testify the positive effects of Senior Cohousing the article presents the results of a research carried out in Trentino during the year 2017. The case study analyzed describes the practices of cohabitation realized by “The Homes of SAD”. These experiences turn out to be innovative both because they are rather far from the tradi-tional models of assistance, and because they are inclined to valorize the abilities of indi-viduals, promoting on wellness, self-determination, and empowerment