Provider Describes How, and Why, It Incorporated Care into Assisted Living
April 22, 2016 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
While maintaining the social aspects of assisted living that its residents desire, one senior living provider decided to bring healthcare services to its communities to respond to residents' growing need for those services as well as changing incentives. "The social model is how we sold, but now we've got these sicker people, and we've got the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and we've got different financial incentives. So we have to do something different," Lynne S. Katzmann, Ph.D., founder and president, Juniper Communities, is quoted as saying in an April 4, 2016, article in McKnight's Senior Living. However, said Katzmann, "we don't have to do it in a way that compromises our core product." By partnering with providers of healthcare services, Juniper now offers primary care, rehabilitation, home health, hospice, laboratory, and pharmacy services on-site at all of its communities.