Sunday, July 5, 2015

Assisted-Living Company Gets LEED Platinum by Switching to Modular Construction

Elite Care assisted-living company has gone modular and Guerdon Modular Buildings is the choice for their latest projecdts.

Since 2013, its campuses have been constructed using that method, said Jason Hess, chief executive officer of the Tigard, Oregon-based company.

The campuses are Fanno Creek in Tigard, with 24 residential suites; Oatfield Estates in Milwaukie, Oregon, with 96 suites; and Sylvan Park in Vancouver, with 48 suites.

Hess said Elite Care also plans to open a 24-suite modular campus next year in Tigard called Elite Care at Knoll Summit and a 48-suite campus called Elite Care at Oak Hills in Salem, Oregon, in December 2016.

The suites are in buildings that look like houses. Most of them are LEED for Homes platinum — and the company is targeting that level of LEED for all its developments.

Elite Care plans more campuses in Oregon, he said, and to expand into northern California, where it has investors and relationships with Sutter Health hospital system. It does not have immediate plans for more Washington campuses.

Elite Care residents are in physical and/or cognitive decline, with 84 percent having some form of dementia. They are anywhere from 55 to 104 years old (although the average age is 88) and they typically are in the last three to five years of life.

They need help with what is known in the industry as activities of daily living. That's anything from brushing their hair to showering or using the toilet.

Hess said they pay $6,400 a month for room, board and care on average. If a spouse without care needs lives in the suite with the resident, they pay an additional $750 a month.

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