- Philip Spottswood
- Dayton, IN
- United States
President and C.E.O., Care Family of Indiana, Inc.
to develop low-cost supportive housing to meet the needs of the elderly and adults with special needs.
Our country and many of the other post-industrial (western) countries have rapidly aging populations and rapidly declining birth rates. We have also watched the family system break down. We have gone from extended families (multi-generational family members living together) to nuclear families (parents and their children) to single parents or some mixture of singe adults and children sharing household duties.
When seniors or adults with special needs need more help than can be provided in their family setting, the current mental health /social service system is inadequate to care for them. Younger adults are incarcerated and are institutionalized in nursing homes. Older adults without funds are put in nursing homes. The few elderly with sufficient means can purchase private residential supportive care for $7500+ a month.
As the extended family tradition of care-taking continues to erode, we have developed a "fee-for-service" model of care-taking to try and replace it. What we have created is both very expensive while providing substandard care when compared to care-taking provided by family members.
We need to develop extended family units based on need and not blood and live in low-cost rental units. This type of community provides low-cost housing and gives the "clients" the ability to manage their own communities within broad limits set by the extended family units themselves
This type of low-cost supportive housing has been in use for over 50 years in more than 25 states with a wide variety of adult populations who could not live on their own.