Co-Living for Seniors: An Opportunity for Health Promoting, Affordable, Supportive Housing

According to the Business Insider article titled  – Millennials are paying thousands of dollars a month for maid service and instant friends in modern ‘hacker houses’, by Melia Robinson; some critics see co-living as a fringe “dorms for grown-ups” trend.

“A great affordable, supportive ‘age in place’ concept, but not for everyone”

Affordable housing is as much a requirement for healthy aging as exercise and nutrition.


In Rockwood, Ontario a shared ‘dorm like’ home is taking shape with the construction of Oak Hill Co-Living. The Oak Hill shared home experience will be for independent seniors.  The home will provide six equal co-ownership shares, in essence providing shared ownership in a ‘privately owned’ retirement type home.  Follow updates for Oak Hill Co-Living at their website or Facebook page

The prestigious century home at 125 Richardson Street in Rockwood was completely renovated and had an extensive 1826 sq ft addition added to provide six private bed sitting rooms with private accessible bathrooms; a bright new common kitchen, living and dining room. A large finished basement recreation room with kitchenette provides a spacious gathering space for entertaining and crafting. A storage room provides additional designated storage for the homeowners. The home has been carefully designed to allow for comfortable accessibility and aging in place for the home’s co-owners. Watch the video of the demolition, renovation and construction of 125 Richardson at  .

Read the Wellington Advertiser article Oak Hill Co-Living ready to enter real estate market dated January 21, 2019 at

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Co-Living:  How to Create a Shared Home in Your Community.

A DIY guide for your interest group. Read how we brought the shared home co-ownership concept to completion in Rockwood, Ontario! Follow our steps and resource guide to help your group create your shared home in your community.

You can purchase the DIY guide below. Email me at if you have any problems with the transaction.  Do not contact Paypal. All sales are final on all ebooks.  By proceeding with this purchase you are agreeing to these terms. There will be no refunds. If you would prefer a Printed Copy mailed via Canada Post.  Cost is $49.98  which includes the shipping.



 What’s inside?

Contains 63 pages of information and resources to guide you to create your community shared home.

  1. Introduction
    • How it all began
    • Co-Living for Seniors: What is it all about?
    • Co-Living for Seniors: How is it affordable?
    • An Affordable Alternative ‘Age in Place’ Housing Option Comparison
    • Co-Living for Seniors: How is it health promoting and a health care cost saving?
  2. Planning a shared, co-living, co-owned home for seniors in Rockwood
  3. Designing a shared, supportive, ‘aging in place’ home for seniors
  4. Financing – The search for funding – banks, financial institutions, government funding, private investors
  5. Finding a Builder
  6. Construction
  7. Co-Living Planning –
    • The co-living component.
    • Co-living compatibility questionnaire – ‘It’s not for everyone’!.
    • Homeowner (original) co-living compatibility questionnaire.
    • Writing the house rules. Oak Hill shared home house rules (to be reviewed and edited by the homeowners ongoing)
    • Writing a co-ownership agreement.
  8. Marketing – Targeting the ‘seekers’, those that are ready to downsize and embrace a supportive shared home lifestyle.
  9. Resource List


The information in the ebook document is copyright protected.  You are given permission to use it for your group project.  You may not copy or transfer or share any portion of this document for any purpose other than your community co-living project. You may not copy or transfer or share any portion of this document for the purpose of generating income.

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SUCCESS OR FAILURE: How to Reprogram Your Beliefs To Achieve Your Goals

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When I was a child my mother used to say “Can’t is dead and will not is in the hospital”. Although I found it a strange statement then I knew what she meant by it.

Our ‘self talk’ becomes a part of the software that our brain and body uses to function.

What we believe on the conscious (what we are aware of) and subconscious (what we are not aware of) level is the software that our bodies use to function physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We have the power to rewrite our belief software on all levels – changing how our bodies respond and providing the driving force required to achieve our life goals (well-being, finances, relationship, life purpose).

Need some help to rewrite your belief software to help you achieve your goal?

Wishing you success!

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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design,

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Caring for our elderly parents is a responsibility many of us share. Our parents provided loving care for us as children and it is now our turn to care for them with love and respect. My parents now 92 and 87 have been lucky enough to stay together in a retirement home where they receive excellent care. My siblings, who live closer to them, have taken on most of the communicating regarding the provision of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.

I am very grateful that my parents are well taken care of. The same can not be said for all elderly persons living at home, with family, in retirement and nursing homes. This fact has been brought to my attention recently in the news where I heard reports of continued abuse in nursing homes. My daughter had a conversation about nursing home care with a woman beside her on a recent flight in Canada. The woman worked in a nursing home. My daughter mentioned her aging grandparents and their living situation; as well as the possibility that one or both of them may require nursing home care in the future. The woman was very emphatic when she said – “do not every put your grandparents into a nursing home”. She followed up by telling her about the ‘unacceptable care’ that she had witnessed in many of the nursing homes she worked in.

The reality is, my parents will probably need nursing home care in the future. It will be our responsibility as their children to become informed and stay vigilant to keep them safe. The Ontario Senior’s Secretariat is a good resource on identifying and stopping elder abuse. Their website also provides informative videos on the subject. Ontario is taking steps to help eliminate elder abuse by providing, for the first time in the province’s history, annual operating funding for prevention initiatives.

Shortly after my daughter told me about the conversation on the plane, I was contacted by a communications officer for a law office and asked if I would provide a link on my website for a Nursing Home Abuse Guide. According to their website “Nearly 1/3 of all homes in the United States has been cited for Nursing Home Abuse”. This is extremely disturbing information.

The goal of this post and the links are to increase awareness of nursing home abuse and neglect so that you can make choices for better care for your loved ones. Moving your parents to another facility may not be feasible or resolve the potential for abuse. Become informed so that you are equipped to make the best decisions possible to provide for safe elderly care for your loved ones.

The Green House Project is a novel new elder care option that may interest you.

“The Green House Project offers a radically new, national model for long- term care that returns control, dignity, and a sense of well-being to elders, their families, and direct care staff. Elders live in small, self-contained homes where individuality and choice are honored, quality care is a priority, and people have more satisfying and meaningful lives, work, and relationships.

The Green House model has been shown to deliver significant improvements in care and in elder, family, and staff satisfaction. But it also can deliver an improved bottom line through higher overall and private pay occupancy rates, increased revenues, and costs equivalent to a traditional Green House home. Watch the video for an inside look at The Green House model.” Click here for more information.

Wherever you live, seek out resources to assist you in your quest to provide safe care for you aging loved one.

ENJOY better health today!

Wishing you well!

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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner,

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