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Project Title

Aging in Orange County: Exploring Options for Housing and Care

Funding Dates



As part of the Master Aging Plan, Orange County aimed to offer an array of housing options that reflect the diverse preferences and abilities of the older adult population. The Department on Aging engaged in research to describe the types and prevalence of housing currently available in the County. The assessment included community housing and long-term care homes (i.e., nursing homes, assisted living, and in-home care). Middle-aged and older community members were engaged in conversations about their preferences and hopes for how and where they want to live. Leaders in long-term care were engaged to provide high quality care for residents who need support and better jobs for caregivers. Architects and developers were engaged to explore the use of new concepts and design principles that reflect the preferences of the older adult population. The Orange County Planning Department was engaged to help the broader community understand current codes and zoning ordinances, and how they can be changed to accommodate new housing models. Orange County produced a report outlining options for senior housing and making recommendations for expanding the array of options available for seniors. Substantial progress was 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 facilities and organizations were brought together to implement new programs to improve the quality of life of residents and clients.

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Principal Investigator

Cherie Rosemond, PhD


Orange County Government, N.C.