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Innovative Long-Term Care Housing Solutions for Seniors

The population of seniors over 65 is expected to increase exponentially over the

next decade. A study by the Office of Policy Development and Research exposed

the country’s unpreparedness for housing the aged population. America has three

major housing issues for seniors: affordability, physical accessibility, and access to

medical care and other services. There is a need for creative solutions to housing.

Innovative long-term care housing for seniors tries to solve these problems. These

new potential living arrangements for seniors may provide older people with the

care, protection, and resources they need to age peacefully.

What Services Do Seniors Need From a Long-Term Care Provider?

As people age, their needs change. An ideal living environment for older people will

meet their personal and medical needs while remaining affordable.

Seniors need access to nutritious foods, transportation to and from medical

appointments, the ability to exercise safely, and community connection to promote

positive mental health.

Modern long-term care housing for seniors intends to increase the number of options

for seniors while meeting these needs.

University-Based Retirement Communities

One creative living option for older people is university retirement communities.

University retirement communities are part of a college campus and house and

educate older people.

Colleges and universities establish retirement communities in several ways. A

university may partner with an existing retirement community and provide it with

resources. Some universities sell their property to a third party at a discounted rate

to build a retirement community.

You won’t live in a dorm if you choose a university retirement community. Depending

on the community, housing units may include single-family homes, apartments,

condos, or townhouses.

In addition to receiving free and discounted classes, university retirement

communities offer other benefits to their residents. Some community amenities

include social activities, health resources, transportation services, access to

university facilities, and dining services.

This living option can get expensive and must be paid out-of-pocket. A resident must

pay an entry and monthly maintenance fee, which can add up to several thousand


Dementia Villages

Dementia villages began 25 years ago in Amsterdam by nurses who wanted a safer

alternative for their parents who suffered from memory issues; dementia villages

cater only to older people living with dementia. Several countries worldwide have

adopted this housing model, including the United States.

Everything a resident might need is available in the community created by the

facility. In most dementia villages, you can find hairstylists, grocery stores, libraries,

restaurants, social events, and access to medical care.

Dementia villages offer centralized care, including on-site, live-in staff. The care

team in dementia villages lives among the residents, and they become intimately

familiar with their patients’ conditions. Staff track patient progress and create an

effective treatment plan for each resident.

According to the World Health Organization, 55 million people worldwide are living

with dementia. Each year, nearly 8 million new patients get diagnosed with

dementia. Over the next decade, nearly 80 million people will receive a dementia

diagnosis. The time to learn more about effective treatment for dementia is now.

Routine helps improve the quality of life for seniors living with dementia. Dementia

villages offer services that promote an increased quality of life for residents,


  • Safe physical activity and increased mobility

  • Healthy meals

  • Social interaction

  • Art and music activities

The Green House Project

The Green House Project is one of the most well-known nonprofit organizations

leading the charge to re-imagine housing options and improve quality of life for


The Green House Project serves seniors and their families. The organization has

built 400 homes across the United States over the past 17 years. Green House

homes operate efficiently to care for older people. Some of the available services


  • Dementia care

  • Assisted living

  • Licensed skilled nursing

Each home is private, with easy access to the outdoors. The homes are self-

contained, and each resident has a private room and bathroom. The homes create a

community of seniors who can connect and create friends.

Planning for Your Long-Term Housing?

There are many options for your long-term care. Contacting an elder law attorney

can be the best next step to learning your options.

This article is provided as legal information, not legal advice and our law firm makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy,completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in in this article. The distribution or acceptance of this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship with our law firm.

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