Affordable Senior Housing Turns to Healthcare Services

Recognizing an industrywide trend, one nonprofit developer of affordable senior housing has expanded its supportive services to include both residential and medical care under one roof, The Columbus Dispatch reports

National Church Residences (NCR), a Columbus, Ohio-based provider, offers health care at dozens of its Ohio locations, which include assisted living, home health care and hospice, nursing homes, as well as continuing care retirement communities. The organization is currently working on a nearly $20 million supportive housing redevelopment project. 

The objective of incorporating healthcare services with residential care, according to NCR, is to keep people healthy in their homes.

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“If we keep them health at home, in the long run it improves their quality of life and it helps contain health-care costs,” said Jeff Wolf, senior vice president of NCR, in the article. 

Serving more than 25,000 residents within more than 300 facilities in 28 states and Puerto Rico, NCR’s large housing and healthcare footprints made combining the two service “a reality.”

“The service-coordination program that we have is really important,” Wolf said. “It really sets us apart from just being a housing provider. It’s being a provider of housing plus service.”

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Recently, charitable nonprofit The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation provided a $500,000 grant to support one of NCR’s latest projects—the redevelopment of Atlanta’s Imperial Hotel into a permanent supportive housing community.  

When completed sometime in early 2014, the $19.98 million project will contain 90 apartments with an improved floor plan, updated office space, and resident amenities that will add to NCR’s service-enriched housing model.

“This facility focuses even more specifically on the most vulnerable within the community of older adults and those with disabilities. It is also a great model of linking affordable housing with services, all wrapped within a vision of community renewal,” said Barry Schloss, Weinberg Foundation Trustee.

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