Holiday’s Bill Thomas Shares Details About New Home Care Platform

Holiday Retirement is divulging more details about Milo, its new home care venture—including pricing information.

Bill Thomas, M.D., a geriatrician and the driving force behind Milo, discussed the motivations for the new home care platform in an hour-long Facebook Live event on Monday. Known for establishing the Green House Model of long-term care, Thomas now serves as the chief wellness officer of Holiday Retirement, the nation’s largest independent living provider.

Having physical strength, a sense of purpose and connections to the community go a long way in keeping seniors living at home independently, Thomas said. For that reason, Milo is structured around six protein-rich meals a week, three weekly visits from Milo “companions,” and technology that fosters connectivity.

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These offerings are built into Milo’s four pillars of well-being, referred to as M.E.S.H.: moving, eating, sleeping and healing. Focusing on these areas of wellness keep seniors healthy, connected and purposeful, Thomas said in the Facebook Live.

“Lack of connection and social isolation is a risk factor for losing independence,” said Thomas. “Good communication tools help people stay connected, which makes them better able to focus in on their own M.E.S.H. goals. The technology team at Milo is working on making connection tools that are easy, fast and simple.”

Milo services prioritize wellness and include technologies such as an app to track M.E.S.H. progress, a fall-detection device and a sleep tracker, in addition to the companion visits and healthy meals.

These services and tools are all available for $550 a month, according to the Milo website.

Milo is only available in three markets so far: Charlotte, North Carolina, Orlando, Florida, and Portland, Oregon.

The new home care service is not about medical care, said Thomas. Rather, it is an evidence-based alternative to dependency.

“Milo is dedicated to the idea that people should live where they want and how they want,” said Thomas. “People want to choose what the daily rhythm of their life is going to be.”

Written by Elizabeth Jakaitis

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