Aging in Orange County: Exploring Options for Housing and Care
Topic area(s): Aging
As part of the Master Aging Plan, Orange County aims to offer an array of housing options that reflect the diverse preferences and abilities of our older adult population. To accomplish this aim, the Department on Aging will engage in research to describe the types of housing currently available in the County, as well as the prevalence of each. The assessment will include community housing and long term care homes, (nursing homes, assisted living, in-home care). Middle-aged and older community members will be engaged in conversations about their preferences and hopes for how and where they want to live. Leaders in long-term care will be engaged to provide high quality care for our residents who need support as well as better jobs for caregivers. Architects and developers will be engaged to explore the use of new concepts and design principles that reflect the preferences of our older adult population. The Orange County Planning Department will be engaged to help the broader community understand current codes and zoning ordinances, and how they can be changed to accommodate new housing models.
At the end of contract period, Orange County will have a report outlining current options for senior housing and making recommendations for expanding the array of options available for seniors. Substantial progress will be made toward an understanding of the current feasibility of various housing models from the developer and planning perspectives, and an array of housing options and new models to consider for future growth. Long-term care (LTC) facilities and organizations will be brought together to implement new programs to improve the quality of life of their residents and clients.
Funding dates: 07/01/14 – 06/30/15