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Action Pact, Olsson foster cultural change with “Household Model”

Monday, January 13, 2014

Angie Przybylo, Marketing

Entrance to Fair Haven, an Action Pact community in Birmingham, AlabamaIn most nursing homes, a very important element is often forgotten: home. Also often overlooked is the importance of meaning, value, joy, and comfort in the lives of the elderly. Action Pact, a senior living consulting firm based in Manhattan, Kansas, was the first to speak about the Household Model, which encompasses person-centered design to shape the atmosphere and environment of home. With its headquarters located in Manhattan, Action Pact connected with Olsson Associates to provide all engineering services for its senior living facilities.

The Household Model breaks down a traditional facility or new development into households of 14 to 20 residents. Each household has its own kitchen, dining room, living room, and often the extra-small cozy spaces you’d find in any home (e.g., den, patio, front porch). The model is part of a “culture change” that transforms traditional, institutional, long-term care facilities into true homes.

As Action Pact expanded its business model, it grew from a consulting model to one that finances, develops, and designs facilities throughout the nation. Action Pact’s relationship with Olsson fits its needs well. Olsson has more than 20 offices nationwide and can provide services on site, as needed. With all planning, engineering, and field services provided in-house, Olsson can deliver on a project locally and cost-effectively. These projects include planning and designing new facilities or rehabilitating existing facilities.

Working with Action Pact has provided Olsson Associates a unique experience understanding how the Household Model can influence the life and behavior of those who live and work in healthcare environments. Olsson has helped institute this cultural change for facilities in Alabama, Kansas, and Missouri. Olsson will continue to help Action Pact guide scores of nursing homes across the country as they transform from institutional models into Household Models.

For more information on the Household Model, visit Action Pact’s website. http://actionpact.com/  

For questions, please contact Brendan O'Naughton at brendan@actionpact.com or Mike Lally at mlally@olssonassociates.com.

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