Adult family home should be welcome | Letters | Oct. 15
October 15, 2010 · 11:18 AM
I am saddened by the story about the new adult family home on Bainbridge and the less than welcome reception the owners have received from neighbors.
I understand that adult family homes have received a lot of bad press lately, but the Seattle Times does not tell their readers about all the good homes and good people who run them.
The adult family home model is considered best practice for individuals who are not physically sick, and do not need to be in a nursing home. They, in fact, help these individuals avoid premature nursing home placement.
It is all about quality of life and living in community as long as possible. They give families time to transition and enable them to enjoy their loved ones in a natural setting, not a medical model they don’t necessarily need.
My husband and I founded Hope House of Bainbridge Island five years ago. We have never considered “selling” our residents.
We have never neglected our residents in any way, and we certainly have not become rich and famous. Profit margins are generally very small, if they exist at all. People who do this are called.
Yes, it is a business, but certainly not commercial caregiving in the chain nursing home sense. It is personal, and very much needed in all communities and neighborhoods.