CONSTRUCTING THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF HEALTHCARE
Healthcare has changed over the years to accommodate our aging population and with that comes construction of new facilities and upgrades in medical departments. Continuums of care offer senior living options in a campus like setting ranging from independent living, assisted living, dementia care and skilled nursing. The goal for the family is a self-contained community offering activities for those with independence, yet providing the daily living supports such as meal preparation and medication management for individuals needing some extra help. On-site physical therapy services provide added services for people that may need some assistance with mobility issues or to recover from a hospital procedure such as a knee replacement.
Many assisted living communities outside of a continuum of care are private pay and based on the family’s resources, the higher the price, the more deluxe the amenities are. Families do have options where they choose to live, and senior communities must regularly update and change the amenities to attract residents.
CAVCON has worked with HCF Management, Inc. in the construction of physical therapy departments and building additions to a variety of facilities throughout northwestern Pennsylvania. With the changes in medical reimbursement, facilities may look to convert skilled nursing beds to short term beds for rehabilitation stays following a hip or knee replacement. To accommodate these changes, it may also necessary to update and/or upgrade physical therapy departments.
As boomers continue to age, they will speak with their dollars and choices of care. From in-house beauty salons, entertainment areas, libraries to the choices in dining; you will see senior living communities continue to upgrade their ambiance to promote luxury living. Those offering the most options will more likely be the facilities that attract residents.
With healthcare reimbursements changing and healthcare systems and management companies owning multiple facilities, you will likely see specialized units and enhanced areas for inpatient, as well as outpatient physical therapy services. Whatever changes may be in store for these retirement communities, CAVCON will remain on the cutting edge of construction and renovation in the medical field.