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  1. It IS truly a preparation for the future of senior care. After all, you don't succeed by selling what you want to sell as much as by providing a service that meets the wants and needs of customers.

    Many providers will have to learn how to adapt in this same way if they are to succeed in the future given that, as noted, so many people want to stay in their homes. While fewer services many be provided to each person, there will be so many more potential recipients of the services.

  2. There is clear convergence. The remodeling, homecare, meals on wheels and myriad other home and community based services have been coming from the other end for years. Can we come to a mindset and system of services that will make it reasonable for people to make the aging in place choice for the long run? When we stop seeing Aging in Place as a stop gap on the way to something few want will we study the overlapping market niches to create the business model, making what customers want truly available. That is The Aging in Place Institute's role.

  3. Capitalism works, if 95% of people want something, and are willing to pay for it, there is a business to follow the trend. I love seeing these stories. As nice as some of the facilities are these days, with chef's, maids, drivers, events going on, it's still not home. Aging in Place is the future of Senior Care.

  4. this is someone just playing "what if"…implementation could never be profitable or practical.
    Don't believe me? Try writing a business plan that a bank or venture capitalist would invest in.

  5. Taking care of seniors is a big deal. My mom is getting older and trying to prepare herself to go into a home so none of us kids have to take care of her. There is something similar to this that allows people to stay in their homes that is offered by ActiveCare. I believe it is called ActiveHome and they automate your home with alarms and reminders and sensors so it can tell if my mom falls down and doesn't get up. Pretty cool stuff.

  6. I would love to chat about this with you. Certainly there would be many "investment" entities that this would not be a fit for (describing "profit margin" in a variety of ecosystems is a broad conversation) but "never profitable or practical" begs me to offer you a transparent opportunity to learn. I do have venture support, bank support (institutional), yearly audited financials and business plan, and several other sustainable providers to offer as examples (some with as much as 15 years of existance. If truely interested here is my contact info: Steve Hopkins 734-255-7217

  7. We plan working with major homebuilders across the country, to incorporate smaller, "homier" Assisted Living and Memory Care units (60-100 rooms) as part of a planned community, closer to middle-age children who will become caregivers, as well as medical services and retail/entertainment centers. This was first mentioned in a 1977 book: " A Pattern Language", by Alexander-Ishikawa-Silverstein… This will truly become the "Aging in Place" pattern for Senior Living.

  8. Why? I'm really curious.
    I tend to get the same "feeling" but I can't quite make a good case. I just see it turn into a logistical mess trying to get staff to residents' homes and working solo with the client away from a facility. You can't have other employees watch the residents if one person is late to work, but if someone is late or doesn't show up to a place where that they are the only ones working, it can turn out really bad. Plus, there is no opportunity to observe employees and there are conflicts all the time with families and clients. Abuse can happen more readily as well as false accusations, and nobody would be the wiser; you'll have a he-said-she-said kind of situation. Also, there are residents and clients who just don't get along and never will in a residence but if there are other staff members then it can be easy for a certain resident and staff member to just avoid each other… I am thinking that if you are going to try and pair up service providers with individual clients and expect that they will just like each other, well, good luck! Plus, there is the whole issue of the resident's belongings being there and their precious stuff, and sometimes old people start to think you're stealing from them. My mom and my aunt (her sister) have provided in-home care giving to many older adults for like 20 years… every 3 years or so you get somebody who, for the whole time you're with them, accuses you of stealing and it just gets worse. Not everybody can put up with that sort of thing like my mom and aunt can; it's taxing and I think a lot of low-paid staff would just quit.

    What are your ideas and reasons though? I would really like to know! Thank you!

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