Alternative to nursing home opens in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal – by John George Staff Writer
NewCourtland, a nonprofit senior-services organization, on Wednesday opened what it is calling Philadelphia’s first housing development for low-income seniors making the transition out of nursing homes
NewCourtland Square, in the Germantown section of the city, is designed for seniors seeking to live on their own. The two-story complex consists of 26 units of studio and one-bedroom apartments. Each apartment is outfitted with sensor technology to monitor residents’ health and safety. All of the units are adaptable for wheelchair accessibility and feature new bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens and access to patios or balconies.
NewCourtland’s LIFE (Living Independently For Elders) program will provide support services including transportation to medical appointments, prescription coordination and regular visits to an adult day center for recreation and therapy.
Ray Prushnok, acting deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, called NewCourtland Square “a national model for expanding services in the community.”
Rent at NewCourtland Square includes utilities and is set at 30 percent of the residents’ monthly income.
Gail Kass, president and CEO of NewCourtland, said, “Living at home is what people want, and it allows the state to provide resources to a greater number of people.”
NewCourtland Square was renovated at a cost of $650,000. Financial support came from organizations including Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Home Loan Bank.