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Youth Living with Seniors

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Miki Mielonen

on 26 April 2017

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Youth Living with the Elderly
A Home That Fits
Miki Mielonen
Helsinki, Finland
Phenomenon 1
Youth Homelessness
Phenomenon 3
Loneliness among Seniors
Phenomenon 2
Empty Housing Spaces
Our Solution:

Youth moving in to the Senior Home
Finland, population 5,5 million

Helsinki, population 630 000
City of Young adults and Seniors

18-29 years of age 19.2%
over 65 years of age 16.6%

New Solutions for Youth Homelessness

Service Design
Where the idea of co-housing came from?



What we learned from the Dutch?
1. Forget the rules
2. Focus on non-formal interaction
3. Be prepared if
something sad happens
The Steps of Helsinki model

Discussion about alternatives - preparation / April 2015

Decision made by Helsinki City / September 2015

Recruiting youth / November 2015

Young people chosen / December 2015

Moving in / January 2016
Excluding people studying or working in a Social or Health care field
a. 18-25 years of age
b. Urgent need for home
c. Interested in spending time with the elderly

Criteria for Young people
3 Young people
3-5 hours/week with the elderly

Principles of Co-housing
Confidence in Young people
No specific rules needed
No specific

Design thinking
Feeling of isolation has decreased
"I feel more normal"
Recruitment of the staff has become easier
Work is more desirable
Social contacts other than the staff
Does living with the elderly interest young people?
Spreading the model
est. February 2015
Homelessness over all has decreased
Youth Homelessness has increased
Offices, apartments, institutes, private homes...
Nordic welfare system
Why was there space for young people in Rudolf?
The structure of the house makes it difficult for the elderly
Atmosphere has changed
Prejudices have decreased
Young people and the elderly have more in common than one might think

"I once imagined being the Moon and needing the Sun, so I could shine. Now I kind of expect those youngsters to be that sun to me." female, 73
"This is the best decision I have done in a long long time." male, 19
"These Young people are like a peer group for me, because they are not part of the staff." female, 80
"This has been a great experience for me so far." male, 24
Different versions of the model
6 young people
18-27 of age
Spending time with the elderly is volunteer
5 students
20h/month with the elderly
Work Contract

7 people 20-33 years of age
Choose other people than those working or studying in social or welfare sector
Let the participants choose the most suitable way of interacting

Don't have too strict rules regarding the time spent with the elderly
Prepare the young people for possible unpleasant incidents
How does the future of housing look like?
Living at home is a priority for the elderly
Housing Units will be smaller
Urgent need for Home is still growing among young people
How co-housing could happen in the future?
Young people could live together with elderly in their private homes
Mixed housing solutions should be considered already in the planning and construction stage
Thank you and have a good day!

"Loneliness feels like, that if you would disappier from the world, no one would notice."
Young people have brought energy to the everyday life
Young people have felt pressure about not having done enough
The experiences of the staff have been positive
My week
I met neighbours at the yard after the work at 2pm
at 12am I went to visit my neighbour and stayed there for 3 hours
Later I had a chat with my neighbours at the laundry room
I painted with my neighbour two hours for two hours
My week
I went out for a one hour walk with my neighbour
I Watched a nature documentary with my neighbours
I ate breakfast with my neighbour and later we painted together
Development areas
More structured and intensive evaluation needed
Young people should be met by workers more often
photos by Sami Kero
If not rules, then what?
What does well being mean?
The manifest
of good
Senior Homes in Helsinki
Targeted care
Goal: Living at home as long as possible
Many elderly are physically in a bad shape
Free Studio apartments
Be a good neighbour
There should be more Young people in the Senior home
Co-housing - Youth and Seniors
1. Context
2. Process
3. Experiences
4. Results

Reform of the Social welfare services
Year 2030 every graduating student
should work in the Senior welfare
to keep services in the current level
What makes a good neighbour?
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