Retirement housing options keep expanding and people are finding more and more alternatives to institutional settings. These ideas can serve as inspiration if the traditional choices are unappealing to you.
Consider Jikka, a retirement community in Japan. The rural dwellings are wheelchair accessible but have none of the institutional trappings typically associated with accessibility. The design marries sleek aesthetics with the practical and functional.
The tiny house movement meets accessibility in this prototype, the Wheel Pad, that was designed by LineSync Architecture, a Wilmington, Vt. firm.
And a New York City couple found a way to make a life in a tiny 220-sq.-ft. hotel room and embrace the nostalgia associated with the storied Chelsea Hotel.