Multigenerational living - Being more creative with open market housing
Multigenerational living on the rise in the UK, with the number of households that include at least three generations steadily increasing. The multi-generational house is one where more of us should be living. Not only is it cheaper for families to live and eat and learn together, but its helps parents cover alarmingly high child care costs, and it helps the elderly from feeling alone.
Are we as a nation too ready to ignore our older generations and entrust them to a care home or the government? Do we expect them to sell their homes to
pay for elderly care and spend their lives reminiscing about the past?
What some might see as a new trend is actually a resurrected old trend. In the United States extended family members tended to live close together until after
World War II, when young people began to leave their hometowns and move to the city. Soon a home of one’s own was seen as a measure of success.
Today many families are redrawing that picture of success. To them, success means choosing a way of living that best utilises the resources of the extended
family, while fostering closeness. To them, multigenerational living is not a way to live, but a way to thrive.