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What is the Household Model

The Household Model gives you the best of both worlds: privacy and community.

When most people think of senior healthcare facilities or nursing homes, a certain image comes to mind.

That mental picture involves long hallways, nursing stations, small rooms with a divider curtain and two hospital beds side by side. That model has been the standard since the first nursing homes were built in the 1950s.

The Federal government partnered with hospitals to build care facilities for the elderly once Social Security became a funding source.

Consequently, the standard design, even today, is a hospital model. It can be dressed up with beautiful interiors, but the model remains.

The care that is provided tends to mimic hospital care, where residents are treated like patients and staff operate in separate departments to do their individual jobs.

Along comes the Household Model

When Steve Shields CEO, partnered with LaVrene Norton in a company they called Action Pact, the goal was to change all of that and revolutionize the industry to reflect the need for Elders to be in a beautiful home designed around their needs.

The philosophy and the architecture brought together a new way of living for residents complete with a front door and doorbell for visitors to ring, common living room with a piano and original artwork, den, sunroom, family dining table and a functional and available kitchen that everyone can enjoy.

The household provides real independence for residents.

They get up when they want, eat when and what they want, and go through the day making as many choices as they can to remain active and engaged in life. Twenty residents share this space but have their own apartment for their personal belongings and space for privacy.

It is home, not institutional living.

We have six individual households at The Piper.

Two are dedicated for Memory Support, three are Assisted Living and one household is dedicated to our Physician Directed Nursing, which is an alternative to long-term care.

The only way to really understand the stark contrast to traditional senior care is to come for a tour.

Seeing is believing!