Unique Public Housing Partnership to Help Older Adults Thrive

A first-of-its-kind public housing community is being built in the Heritage Park area of north Minneapolis—and Augustana Care has been asked to provide services for the community.

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) is creating the Heritage Park Senior Services Center, a gathering place for community members. Thomas T. Feeney Manor, which will be adjacent to the center, will provide enhanced assisted living and memory care housing to older adults with low incomes.

This unique initiative brings Augustana Care together with other notable partners in the local community—in one convenient space. The Courage Center will provide rehabilitation resources; Neighborhood HealthSource will provide clinic services; and the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis will offer exercise classes tailored to older adults. Augustana Care will also bring its award-winning Augustana Open Circle day center program to Heritage Park. Activities were developed by experts in therapeutic recreation to support individual identity and build connections.

The MPHA has asked Augustana Care to manage Thomas T. Feeney Manor. It will be the first public housing community in the country to offer enhanced assisted living and memory care. The buildings will incorporate numerous environmentally-friendly or “green” technologies, and are scheduled to open in spring 2012.

“We are excited about providing an affordable continuum of care campus that allows individuals to be engaged in their community and get the appropriate level of services all at one location,” says Vice President of New Business Kathy Kopp. “We believe this can be a model of how to deliver care effectively and efficiently to communities in the future.”

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