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Is Assisted Living Only For Seniors?

By August 19, 2023May 8th, 2024No Comments

A reader recently asked what to do with their vacant assisted living facility. And that question started a conversation about the alternate uses for assisted living facilities.

While we usually think of assisted living as something for seniors, other groups may also benefit from the housing or supportive services offered in assisted living facilities.

The programming varies depending on the groups served, but the basics of housing and support often look familiar.

Here is a short list of some other types of resident groups that you may find served in assisted living:

  1. Physical Disability: People of all ages may need assistance because of a physical disability. Many assisted living facilities are designed with the physical limitations of residents in mind.
  2. Developmental Disability: Group living and in-house support are often helpful to those with developmental disabilities.
  3. Memory Care: Memory care for seniors is common. But a memory care program may be needed by those with memory care needs who aren’t seniors yet.
  4. Hospice and End-of-Life Care: Hospice centers are often a form of assisted living with a very specialized program to assist residents with end-of-life care.
  5. Behavioral Health Care: Assisted living for behavioral and mental health is a specialty program with support, therapy, and housing in some cases.
  6. Traumatic Brain Injury Care: Consider specializing in care for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, motor accidents, or veterans with specific requirements.
  7. AODA Recovery: Many communities need some type of programming for those recovering from alcohol or other drug abuse. Specialists help individuals and provide housing as part of inpatient or outpatient services.
  8. Corrections: This specialized program helps individuals with housing and support while returning to their communities after incarceration.

Back to our member and their search for a new use for their vacant assisted living facility. As you might expect, they are still trying to find the right solution for their property. They’ll find it.

They might consider remodeling and reopening the facility with an updated program for seniors. Or, they might connect with another type of provider, perhaps a provider serving one of the resident groups noted above. And they might consider an entirely new purpose for their property. There are many options available.

If you have a vacant or soon-to-be assisted living facility that needs a new purpose, many options are available. Want help? Just let us know.

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