It started with years of working with seniors, seeing the isolation and lack of humane care, and wanting to protect their dignity. It developed as I witnessed what made seniors peaceful and happy. I noticed that many memory care communities do not include the BASIC THINGS that make life pleasant for us all, such as fresh air, natural light, trees and greenery, tranquility, the sound of birds, the sound of flowing water, access to earth and gardens, and the love of a family pet. I think this oversight resulted from the rush to exaggerate the differences between the elderly and everyone else. Longhouse Adult Family Homes goes to great lengths to normalize the approach to design and generously supply the “common” things that make our lives pleasant. And Longhouse Adult Family Homes finally emerged as the extension of Husky Senior Care's mission to help seniors stay in the household environment.
This reality is that the sheer size of today’s assisted living communities present an implacable problem: most seniors don’t want to live in them because they’re too big and complicated. And those with cognitive and physical limitations are incapacitated by them.The small size of Longhouse Adult Family Homes allows for a different social model. The Longhouse™ emphasizes the home model in which most of a person’s time is spent in the familiar settings of a living room, dining room, library, porch, or garden (and this is what we call them). Bedrooms are for sleeping, personal hygiene, napping, dressing, and quiet moments.
The longevity of our staff. We have 12 caregivers who have been with us for more than 10 years! This is unheard of and something we are very proud of. It is also the key to quality care.