For Joe Jasmon, affordable senior living has been on the brain for a while. Over the last few years in the industry, there has been a lot of talk about the potential for more affordable options, yet the same models were being produced over and over again. “There has to be a way to do it,” Jamson thought, and so along with his founding partners, a plan was formed to make this long-wanted dream a reality.
There are currently 14 million seniors who cannot afford the care that is provided within the industry right now, and so Elevate Communities was born to provide a solution for the people that need it. Elevate Communities is designed for the forgotten middle class, seniors that are retired teachers, police officers, public service workers, the people that create the backbone of America but are often forgotten in old age. The design behind Elevate is key, with concepts such as eliminating outdated features such as formal dining rooms, as well as creating neighborhoods with 96 identical, private, rooms.
Each of the six neighborhoods on campus will have its own theme so residents can pick their neighborhood based on their interests. These neighborhoods are designed to be multifunctional, bringing meals to residents, turning the space into activity centers, they save on square footage by being able to transform the neighborhoods to meet various needs. Each neighborhood has a clubhouse, lobby, fitness center, beauty salon, patio, small bistro, as well as a designated family area. Residents have the opportunity to visit their friends in other neighborhoods for dinner or events, which they can sign up for using their technology. With the technology, standard meal times are a thing of the past and residents can eat their meals how, when, and where, they want, all by using their devices.
“We built a team of twelve partners that are all working side by side to make the process cheaper, faster, and more efficient,” says Jasmon. The first Elevate community is underway currently in Clearwater, Florida and the second location will be in St. Johns, Florida. The concept started with a plan of around 10 communities, but interest in this affordable housing model have accumulated and they are looking at anywhere from 25-50 Elevate Communities in the next 5-10 years. The amount of interest gives Jasmon hope that they can create solutions in the industry.
The Elevate model will also provide a sense of relief during these unpredictable times, as they are designed with infection control and ability to isolate and socially distance in mind. Their technology allows for them to contact trace as well as provide tele-health appointments to avoid exposure by leaving the facility. The neighborhood and single occupancy room designs provide added ease if they need to shut down and allows them to be flexible and manage in a much more efficient way. In the chance that a resident has to isolate, their devices in their rooms provide entertainment options that they can still partake in while staying safe.
Jamson stresses that affordable senior housing is crucial and provides an option for people from various financial backgrounds. “Providing an affordable solution alleviates the stress, financial burden, and guilt that comes along with putting a loved one into a senior living community,” Jasmon notes, he continues on to say “it’s about honoring human beings all across the board, not just those who can afford it, when you can provide the same solution for 1,000 a month or less, it creates all the difference.”
By tailoring their plan for Elevate to center around affordability, Jasmon and his team eliminated 5-10 million dollars in construction costs, while still meeting all the necessary requirements. It is their hope and goal that their communities will provide a safe, affordable, and just as luxurious, home for seniors to age in place happily.