Combining independent living with the safety of nearby home care services can be a delicate balance, especially for older adults who may require a little assistance but also want to retain their autonomy during the golden years.
Enter Tiger Place, an independent living community that hopes to be the next-generation senior housing for those who want more security during retirement.
The residences are located beside the University of Missouri and have easy access to nurses and healthcare professionals.
"Co-housing makes a whole lot of sense with a wellness component. It’s got to have a really strong independent focus. One that maintains good health and encourages functionality," Marilyn Rantz, a professor at the University of Missouri's nursing school, told The Kansas City Star.
The system works simply enough - Rantz explained to the publication that, when residents at Tiger Place required additional assistance, they would be provided with it. When they recovered, they would no longer receive the services.
She also said that about one-third of the residents at the community are using long-term care insurance to pay for the accommodations.
"We have successfully uncoupled the housing cost from the care cost," she told the news source. This could make Tiger Place, and independent living communities like it, ideal for older adults who wish to age in place but also want to downsize to new homes.