Meeting Unmet Needs: A Community-Based Approach

October 21, 2014
Laura Beck, The Eden Alternative

R.Simonetti_IMG_0753 (2)Traditional skilled nursing homes have been systems orientated, focused on efficiency and risk aversion.  This tendency towards efficiency and overly safe environments has pulled elders seeking assisted living or skilled nursing care from their communities, severing vital connections to home and community. Thankfully, the culture change movement has made great strides in radically transforming the practices and environments for elder care. Different approaches, including The Green House® model and Small House movement, have brought beautiful and meaningful new environments to elder care. Yet while creating places of great warmth and dignity the homes often remain built on the institutional campus without addressing the needs of community connectivity.

Providers have a unique opportunity to work with residential developers to build new homes directly in residential neighborhoods. These new homes can keep elders in THEIR communities, increase elder ownership of home, and achieve “normalized” community connections and customs. Join Rob Simonetti of SWBR Architects to explore the benefits to provider, developer, community, and most importantly the elder.

Air Date:  September 23, 2014

Featured Guest:  Robert F. Simonetti, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, SWBR Architects  

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