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May 7, 2013 > An innovative style of senior living

An innovative style of senior living

Submitted By Charlotte Hall

I want to be at home, no matter where I may reside. Don't you? I want that for my mom and dad, and I want that for every elder in this country - no matter how frail or how much nursing care they need. Why would we expect our aging and frail elders to give up home - just when they need it the most?

The Household Model is a powerful answer. From coast to coast, nursing homes, assisted living, and even friend groups of independent and healthy elders are shaping into small, shared households of 8 to 20 people. There's a kitchen and living room and privacy and autonomy. There's often a front porch, backyard, and a car. There's daily life to be lived - breakfast when you want, eating what you want; a chance to help with lunch if desired; housework that can be contributed to; opportunities to have friends over to show off that apple pie recipe; there is grocery shopping to be done; plans to be made for the evening or the coming weekend. People can come over for coffee and a little chit chat.

In recognition of Older Americans Month in May, Sisters of the Holy Family are hosting an informational program about this innovative style of senior living. At a presentation on May 16, LaVrene Norton, MSW, will talk about The Household Model as described in her book "In Pursuit of the Sunbeam," co-authored with Steve Shields. The session will provide a round-robin visit through images, stories, and video into a half dozen care homes deeply engaged in renovating and reorganizing into home.

Norton is Executive Leader of Action Pact, LLC. Milwaukee, WI, a national organization specializing in transforming senior retirement communities and care organization into pleasant environments through the development of households and resident directed life. She is publisher of Culture Change Now, a magazine dedicated to promoting change strategies in elder services, and is co-author with Carmen Bowman of "Vibrant Living, Inspirations to Energize Vibrant Life."

This program will be of interest to seniors, their families, and senior care providers, and is free of charge. Be inspired to learn more and consider getting your aged care community excited to embark on this great adventure.

The Household Model
Thursday, May 16
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Sisters of the Holy Family Auditorium
159 Washington Blvd., Fremont
(510) 624-4500

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