Tuesday, October 31, 2017
There is a lot of conversation about aging in place and how to accomplish that goal. Design and modifications may depend on the individual's needs. We think about the concept mainly with elders but what about younger people with special needs who may also desire to stay in one place and grow old there? If you search for resources about aging in place, much of what you find will be specific for elders, but many of the recommendations may be adapted to those who need accommodations to live independently. At Stetson's 19th Annual Special Needs Planning & Special Needs Trusts conference, I visited an exhibitor that provides a great housing option for individuals with special needs that's designed for exactly that. Similar to a CCRC, the concept is a continuum of housing that allows the individual to age in place. Annandale Village, located in Suwanee, GA., provides 4 levels of housing: independent living either on campus or in the community, assisted living and nursing home care for individuals with developmental disabilities or brain injuries. It offers a variety of programs, both for residents and a day program. One cool class teaches folks on managing independent activities of daily living. They also offer respite services. I know they aren't the only organization providing these levels of housing, but I thought it is a really interesting to learn more about the concept., especially supporting the individual's residential needs through his/her life.
Full disclosure-I'm the conference chair for this Stetson conference.