Group services for networks of households
Group services for networks of households, generalising the principle of sheltered accommodation. These are increasingly being developed as a solution for older people, combining individual households, volunteering and shared provision, as with the Elderpower pilot in the US state of Maine. Older people are seen as both users and providers in the system, for example visiting their peers for friendship or to remind them to take medication. The pilots claim very significant savings. Safe homes for those with mental illness, such as those provided by Wellink in New Zealand, have a similar model of supported home living.