Although many senior housing projects proclaim to be “alternative” and “innovative”, Radical Resthomes are more than that.
Gather a couple of friends and look for your own place. Stay in your neighbourhood. Share the cooking, cleaning, shopping. Look after each other if someone’s sick. Have government resources come to you instead of the other way around. Maybe you rent, maybe you have bought a flat. Perhaps a large group has purchased an apartment building, where one apartment has been torn down to create communal space. Or you and some friends have bought land in the country and each is building a small house, with a large communal building for all. Whatever you decide to do, you declare your home, your compound, a “Radical Resthome”. It’s your own personal senior residence, and you don’t need a developer or building manager to tell you how to run it…
Here are the four bottom lines that must be met if you really have a self-directed Radical Resthomes:
The place is run and managed by the people who live there.
The residents look after each other.
When more help is neded, resources come to the person, not the other way around.
We die in our own beds, not institutions, if we can.
Radical Resthomes is a movement in formation. The Montreal group aims to connect all self-directed housing projects meeting our criteria so that we can support and learn from each other.
Once we have connected everyone in Canada, in North America, in the world, then we will have a movement and make sure that our four criteria for living well as a senior are around for future generations.
(Yes, it’s a big idea. But isn’t a vision supposed to be grandiose?)