Posted in Caregiving, The Built Environment

Homes that Fit

A lovely video from the Seeker Network presents the “Home that Fits” (Facebook Page) an innovative housing program by Oman Muotoinen Koti, founded by Miki Mielonen in Helsinki. In western countries, youths move out of their homes at an earlier age, some move out as early as 17 or 18, this is quite different from the traditional Asian cultures. However, this is changing in Asia as more youths travel abroad or to urban regions to attend University or find work opportunities.

Moving out can prove to be difficult in many parts of the world and there is always the issue of sky-high rents, just look at regions like Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong.

This program helps to find a balance by offering affordable living spaces in a home for seniors for youths under 25 at approximately $265 USD a month. In exchange, the youths will have to  hang out with the senior residents for up to 5 hours a week. Bringing together a multi-generational community showing that it’s worth investing in relationships that bond the youths and older adults. This meaningful project bringing together different ages and lives all under one roof helps to reduce youth homelessness and helps to forge new and meaningful relationships through the generations.


Hi, I'm Dr Joanna Sun, Co-author of the Singapore Environmental Assessment Tool. I am very passionate about working towards improving the care of people with dementia, and I hope my work will make a difference.

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