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Coming Home: Affordable Assisted Living

Starting in early 2001, Arkansas developed a model of affordable assisted living—The Gardens at Osage Terrace (the Gardens)—a 45-unit facility in Bentonville, Ark. The service and rent charges are affordable to people with incomes as low as $564 per month (the 2004 Federal SSI payment amount).

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Coming Home: Affordable Assisted Living.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services, Office of Long-Term Care and Arkansas Development Finance Authority partnered on the project.

The Community Development Corp. of Bentonville/Bella Vista developed and owns the Gardens, and Mercy Health Systems of Northwest Arkansas provides the services (e.g., staffing assessments, care and meal delivery, services billing).

Key Results

  • The Community Development Corp. participated in the state's development process for the new assisted-living regulations.

  • The corporation designed the facility to comply with or exceed the anticipated physical requirements for the regulations.

  • It established a viable alternative, or "Plan B," to operate the gardens as an independent-living residence with in-home care if an assisted-living development became impossible for regulatory or financial reasons.