Frequently-Asked Questions

What is shared housing?

For a growing number of people faced with losing their ability to live independently in their community but not in need of skilled nursing care, shared housing is an affordable and viable alternative.  In a shared housing program several individuals share a home in a residential community.  Each resident has his or her own private bedroom and they share the common areas of the house.

What are the benefits of home sharing?

Seniors who live together — whether at home or in a retirement community — live a healthier lifestyle because they usually eat better, get more exercise, and are more social than seniors who live alone. As with “The Golden Girls,” companionship, friendship and a support system are arguably the biggest benefits of home sharing, and are part of the reason the phenomenon is trending. But the benefits of companionship, friendship and support are also available to older adults in senior living communities.

Older adults who participate in shared housing can enjoy the safety of living with someone else, including not having to worry about forgetting medications (someone is there to remind you), or falling and not being found.

For more information on the benefits of shared housing, please see this TED talk .

How many people live in a house?

Each home has seven to eight private bedrooms.

Who lives at Senior Home Sharing?

The typical Senior Home Sharing resident is a widow or widower who is 70 years of age with an annual income of $30,000 or less.  We have a mix of men and women living in all of our homes.  Couples are welcome for an additional cost. 

What are the age requirements? Do you have any health restrictions?

Prospective residents must generally be 60 years of age or older.  Senior Home Sharing is a social model of supportive shared housing.  We do not offer any medical care but do provide medications reminders to our residents.  Some of our residents are managing a chronic health condition but are able to live independently with the support services of our program.

There are several options for residents who need assistance with activities of daily living.  DuPage County administers the Community Care Program, a state subsidized service offering adult day care, emergency response systems and homemaker services that provide assistance to frail older adults who are at least 60 years of age and who meet eligibility guidelines.  The guidelines for this program are based on need and financial resources. Additionally, in-home caregiving agencies are available on an individual basis.

Is there a waiting list?

Our list of vacant rooms changes regularly as does our waiting list.  Please call 630-407-0440 Ext. 11 for more information.