Posts Tagged ‘nursing homes’

American Association of Retired Persons Funds Manufactured Housing

June 13th, 2013 Comments off

As realestaterama informs MHProNews, 13 million people over 50 contend with unaffordable and/or inadequate housing. The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) Foundation is investing $2.5 million in three different strategies that provide housing for the over 50 crowd who have limited means. One of the recipients is ROC (Resident Owned Communities) USA, which will use the funds to enable residents of manufactured home communities to cooperatively acquire the land on which their homes are sited. Manufactured housing is the largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the nation. The other two national organizations receiving investment funds are NCB Capital Market, which offers an alternative to traditional nursing homes; and Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc., which helps with financing for affordable housing as well as federally qualified health centers.

(Photo credit: ROC USA)

Legislative Update—Iowa

May 24th, 2013 Comments off

Following MHProNews story line from Wed, May 22 about legislation in Iowa, Joe Kelly of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association (IAMHA) tells us the House has passed property reform tax bill SF 295 that will treat apartments, MHCs and nursing homes the same as residential property. Effectively, beginning with taxes due in Sept. 2016, each year will be a step down until the process is 100 percent complete in Sept. 2023. Joe Kelly says, “Many thanks to all of you who worked so hard on this issue for so many years.”

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High-end Modular Hotels Down Under?

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

WaToday reports from Australia modular construction techniques have been used in mining camps and other remote areas to house workers, where materials and labor are expensive to import for onsite construction. Modular methods have also contributed to the development of public buildings and social infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and economy budget hotel chains. With room shortages being reported in most capital cities, the scale is tipping in favor of modular construction for larger high-end hotels due to the faster delivery, cost savings, greater quality control, and improved on site safety of current modular techniques. MHProNews has learned Australia could follow the lead of European hotels in reducing the shortage of desperately needed hotel stock.

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Modular Unit to Keep Seniors Safe and Close

May 2nd, 2012 1 comment

As follow-up to an article we published Feb. 17, 2012, The New York Times reports the first MEDCottage will be delivered this month to a family in Alexandria, Virginia. As an alternative to placing aging family members in a nursing home, this 12-by-24 bedroom-bathroom-kitchenette modular unit, designed to fit in a backyard of a family home, is outfitted with high-tech monitoring and safety features comparable to those found in nursing homes. The special rubber floors provide a relatively soft landing in case of a fall, and 24-hour video cameras sweep an area 12 inches from the floor up, affording residents’ privacy while monitoring their movement. A floor mat from the bed to the bathroom lights up when stepped on for nighttime trips to the toilet, and tracks on the ceiling can accommodate a lift. has learned more elaborate medical equipment can also be installed with information fed into the primary residence, and a voice will tell the resident if they have forgotten to take medication on time. Developed by N2Care in collaboration with the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, the MEDCottage sells for $85,000 and N2Care will repurchase it after two years for $36,000.

(Photo credit: N2Care)