Homelessness For Seniors


Being homeless does not really mean living without a house. It has nothing to do with an absence of a shelter.  It is actually a certain state of a particular individual, where in one’s family member or relatives are no longer connected or attached to that individual.

Homeless persons are usually seen at the street, on the malls, or everywhere else. They love most to just spend their whole day at the street, than to spend their time at their house. It would be difficult for them to live alone on a good shelter but has no one to share it to become a home.

Most common individuals, who may encounter this state, are the elders. Homelessness in elders may be triggered by some events such as widowhood, divorce, domestic violence, or deteriorating life or death of a person who used to look over them. They feel similar things like what a street person feels. They usually suffer from abandonment and loneliness which made living their life at home more difficult.

Often homeless elders are found to be invisible. This invisibility may be due to a fear and avoidance to people that may see them. Aside from suffering loneliness and abandonment, it would also hard for them if they continue to age and no one would be there to take good care of them and assist them. Life-long problems or late-life onset of serious mental illness may increase the risks of an elder to homelessness. This may lead them to not able to take care of them and to dangerous self-neglect.

In this event a homeless elderly may need someone to help them in performing activities and someone to take care of them. They may choose to live either at a retirement community nursing care home or an assisted living facility which is much cheaper.

When the elder moves into an assisted living facility, they would be aided in performing activities of everyday life and may be receiving the care they need.  Aside from this, the homeless elders may also find and secure a permanent home in this facility.

Other homeless elders who have conditions that need medical attention and medical assistance may move into a nursing care facility. Similarly with the assisted living facility, they would be assisting the elderly in their activities. Unlike in an assisted living, the homeless elder that will reside in an aged care home will be receiving a twenty-four hour care and assistance from the health team.