Note: Daniela Simmons, M.Ed., MSW, MSC is Director, American Institute of Human Relations and Aging (AIHRA) Doctoral Candidate, Applied Gerontology, University of North Texas. She is also president of DANIEL DOMES Quality Aging Environment and founder of The Future of Senior Living Project. About these plans, David B. South, president of the Monolithic Dome Institute, said, “I believe that DANIEL DOMES is a most innovative initiative for elderly care housing and social services. Dome architecture is the most secure and comfortable living arrangement for an older generation. I consider it the Quality Aging Environment of the 21st century! The Monolithic Dome Institute highly values our partnership with DANIEL DOMES.”
An enjoyable season of human life
As a professional with experience in the best practices of gerontology, psychology and human relations both in Europe and America, I believe that Old Age should be as enjoyable as any other season of human life.
The Future of Senior Living Project has a mission to create, implement and continuously develop an innovative concept for happy and healthy aging in a safe and comfortable home and family environment, with opportunities for community senior activities and information resources for social, medical, financial and other services applicable to the elderly.
Beginning in 2011, the population 65 and older will grow faster than the total population in every single state. On July 1, 2009, 39.6 million Americans were 65 or older and comprised 13% of the total population. Projections indicate that in 2050, we will have 88.5 million seniors or 20% of the total population. Policy makers, investors and professionals understand the upcoming need of additional elderly care services. Our project offers a whole new style of senior living! The program will be accomplished through high quality care; a warm family and home environment; safe and comfortable Monolithic Dome buildings.
Specifically the project proposes:
To begin: The initial complex will be built in the Southwest Ft. Worth, Texas area, then develop nationwide and worldwide.
For the first time: Seniors’ homes and centers will be built as Monolithic Domes. These Domes offer a beautiful architectural design and the safety of a reinforced concrete structure, that according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides near-absolute protection in case of any natural disaster.
Seniors will live in a home environment: Instead of the existing hospital- and hotel-like institutions, seniors will live and receive care in dome-homes for eight to ten residents. They will have private bedrooms and shared common areas.
High quality services: Well trained, paid and highly motivated employees will provide a family environment, and the seniors will be living as if they were still in their own homes. The American Institute for Human Relations and Aging will educate, continuously train and counsel employees at all operational levels and will create and implement specific programs answering the needs of seniors with various mental and physical impairments.
Upscale senior daily activities: They will provide a high quality alternative to the existing isolation of the elderly population.
Senior media: The company’s own media resources, such as a magazine for seniors and an informational TV program, are already created as a project and ready to launch as soon as financing is assured.
Ongoing quality care: A partnership with educational institutions and educated gerontologists within operations will ensure a high level of competent care. By implementing the best practices and experience from America, Europe, Canada, Australia, etc., this program will launch the most successful gerontological practices in the world.
Security: This year, as of April 29, 1,082 tornadoes roared through America, killing 300+ people, destroying homes and tearing apart big buildings. Let us imagine that a tornado hit one of the existing nursing homes or assisted living homes, for example a senior living community with 100 residents. We suppose that residents have various physical and mental conditions: some are in bed or wheelchairs; others have Alzheimer’s; a third are considered healthy, but due to their age, they are physically fragile. A community with 100 residents has a ratio of 1 employee per 5 to 20 or more residents. (One-to-five is a rare ratio offered in some extremely expensive communities.) This ratio is valid during the day. At night a community with 100 residents may have less than five employees in the building. So if a tornado hits, what is the chance that several employees can find shelter and transfer 100 fragile elderly? Answer: NO chance! Solution: Disaster-resistant Monolithic Domes designed specifically for seniors.
We are ready!
Our team has reached the point where every detail has been carefully considered. Prominent professionals and scientists in the field of gerontology and the elderly care business are members of our Advisory Board. Governmental organizations and NPOs (non-profit organizations) are ready to partner.
We have already advertised The Future of Senior Living Project at several large public events. Land is available for purchase. The construction company, Monolithic Dome Institute, is ready to start. The City of Fort Worth and the Texas State Department of Aging and Disabilities Services are aware of the project and are ready to assist in its realization.
The important step that will assure all this happens is the project’s financing! The project is viewed with excitement by potential customers and relatives of elderly people, and we expect to quickly achieve financial and professional success, as well as nationwide expansion.
After construction of the first seniors’ living and social centers complex, we will be able to start building and developing other complexes in different locations. Therefore, the program will be financially stable and able to grow independently quite rapidly.
Although The Future of Senior Living Project has the respect and attention of the public and the support of experienced professionals, the company behind it is a startup and doesn’t have a business history. This fact causes serious difficulties in assuring the start of the business. The primary business model would cost $12,000,000.00. Any help would be appreciated and taken under consideration: loan, grant, referral, investment, guarantee, etc.
I have a complete package consisting of a business plan, financial assumptions for the first three years, Power Point and video presentations, plans and images of the proposed build-out and references. I can send these to you upon request. Please contact us via email: [email protected]; [email protected]; 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd. #808-271, Fort Worth, TX 76132. Phone: 817-908-0453; 469-293-1104.