Dec 29, 2009

An Assisted Living Facility that Feels Like a Home Away from Home

Imagine an assisted living facility with nice landscaping, big old trees, wrap around deck, and right in the middle of a nice residential neighborhood.

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Imagine this. An assisted living facility with nice landscaping, big old trees, wrap around deck, and right in the middle of a nice residential neighborhood.

An Assisted Living Facility that Feels Like a Home Away from Home | Alzheimer's Reading Room

This might sound unrealistic to those of you that are familiar with the common motel style assisted living facilities that are popping up all over the country.



Bob DeMarco  is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room

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Imagine nine residents living with three staff members on board at all times. A three to one ratio.

Imagine the feeling of home -- of being home -- instead of the feeling you might experience on a trip while staying in a motel for a night or two.

Imagine seeing the same faces day after day after day. Imagine the comfort of knowing.

Imagine that it costs less than the typical motel style assisted living care facility that we are all familiar with and maybe dreading.

Imagine Horizon Manor South.

"When all the rooms look alike and the staff members are strangers, it’s mystifying to her," said her son Jon Stout, who was visiting at lunchtime. His mother used to call him at work from her previous residence and say she didn’t know where she was or what she was supposed to do. "This works much better," Mr. Stout said. "It’s homelike. She recognizes the people who work here. She’s had friends sometimes. Someone’s always keeping an eye on her."
This sounds like a good business opportunity for the entrepreneur at heart.

Maybe Laurry Harmon can tell us more about this model? Or maybe he actually knows how to find this kind of assisted living facility.

Please feel free to weigh in and tell us about your own experience with assisted living.

To continue reading Assisted Living: Back to the Future -- go here.

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