Uses Common House

Uses for Common House in Senior Cohousing/Ecovillage

Make Good Use of Your Common House

It is up to the residents of senior cohousing to make the best use of their common house.

A common-house committee is a good place to start in senior cohousing.


If you are living in cohousing or an ecovillage, you almost certainly have a common house controlled by the residents. If you live in other senior housing, you probably have community space, although resident control is almost certainly limited. Most management firms will be sensitive to residents’ desires, however, so ask for what you want.

  • Start book or movie discussion groups.
  • Organize movie or music nights.
  • Offer Flu Shots and Pneumonia Vaccines in the common house. Contact a home health agency that will send nurses on-site to give shots. 
  • Plan exercise classes such as yoga or low-impact aerobics.
  • Start a lending library for books and videos.
  • Organize health speakers to come periodically to discuss topics such as diet and health, long-term care insurance, exercise, or interactions between prescription medicine and over the counter items.
  • Organize other speakers to come periodically to discuss non-health matters such as organic gardening, financial issues, or travel.
  • Organize socials other than shared meals are important to many members.
  • Organize a Health Fair-A home health agency can help set up a health fair in the common house that could provide blood pressure screening plus diet information and health education to seniors in your community.
  • Organize/Produce a talent show or theatrical production. Some in your group will almost surely enjoy participating while others will enjoy watching.
  • Start a common house committee that gets things done.

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