Nursing home abuse is still a huge problem in the United States. According
to statistics, more than 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported every
year, and almost 1 out of every 10 seniors will experience some form of
abuse. Likewise, this number doesn’t account for the unknown number
of cases that go unreported. Elder abuse is an insidious problem, particularly
in nursing homes. The population of seniors needing long-term care will
only continue to grow. However, one man, Dr. Bill Thomas, might have a solution.
The founder of The Eden Alternative and The Green House Project announced
his next project at the Senior Living Innovation Forum. He named this
new project MINKA™. In Japanese, the literal translation of Minka
is “the people’s house.” It is the name of traditional
post-and-beam homes in Japan that emphasize simple design and natural
The first house in this project was conceived as a small backyard cottage
for his 21-year-old daughter, Haleigh Jane Thomas. She lives with Otahara
Syndrome, a type of neurological disorder, and requires 24-hour care.
Haleigh’s home is designed to be a compact smart home, where he
and his team can test out technology optimized for state-of-the-art independent
living for people of all ages and abilities.
The small house uses CNC-cutting technology to rapidly create modular,
“panalized” homes that are customizable for the customer’s
needs. They use standard, low-cost plywood and building materials and
are printed based on about 500,000 lines of code. They can also be assembled
on site in a matter of days using only hand tools, meaning the expense
of hiring a construction company isn’t included in the total.
The post-and-beam construction is created by “folding” the
plywood into nearly indestructible columns and girders. The walls are
also easily exchangeable and have customizable interior and exterior finishes.
They also feature a single mechanical wall that effectively holds all
plumbing and sewer hookups.
These houses will be for anyone looking for an affordable housing option
that also supports their desire for independence. Many can use the Minka
for an accessory dwelling unit, but Dr. Thomas also imagines stand-alone
Minka homes will be a possibility.
Dr. Thomas’s program appears to be exactly what seniors might need.
While they can no longer live alone in a large and empty house, particularly
with stairs, they can still maintain their independence in a home that
provides for their needs. Families who wish to keep an eye on their aging
parents can help them purchase one of these low-cost homes and set it
up on their property, avoiding the cost and risk of a nursing home altogether.
For more information about Minka homes, visit the article written by Michael
Owens on the Senior Living Innovation Forum
here or sign up for more information on the Minka website
here. However, if your loved one has been abused in a nursing home, make sure
to speak to our skilled
Greenville nursing home abuse attorney. William Ashley Jordan, III is proud to serve the Greenville community,
where he was born and raised.
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