Avoiding institutionalized care and remaining an active and integral part of community is what most people hope for in later years. So why is it so difficult? On The Point, we talk about changing the culture of aging, and new housing options that keep people empowered, connected and contributing members of the community.
Navigator Elder Homes seeks to combat the three plagues of aging on the Vineyard. A new skilled nursing facility centered around socialization and independence is soon to replace the outmoded Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
With little fanfare, a group of dedicated Islanders is close to breaking ground on a new kind of nursing home for the Vineyard.
The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has closed on a 26-acre property off the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, paving the way for a long-awaited new nursing home to replace the financially-stressed Windemere facility.
Smaller is better. In the Green House model, residents live in houses of just 10 to 12 people, each with their own room and bathroom. In Massachusetts and elsewhere across the country, there is insufficient senior housing, and what exists is usually too expensive.
Green House began 2020 with the theme of “Ready for Impact,” which turned out to be rather prophetic.
When Renee Lohman, the founder and former CEO of the CareWell Urgent Care chain of clinics in Massachusetts, was seeking a new opportunity in health care, she didn’t have to look far past her own experience with a family member in a skilled nursing facility.
“I was pretty well stunned by the 1970s physical plant,” Lohman said. “But as important was the lack of the feeling of home.”
Seniors housing and care properties are attracting much interest from capital providers and investors, and a new report provides seven reasons.
The large central room of the memory-care unit was designed to look like an old-fashioned American town square. There was a small fountain,