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Home Away From ‘The Home’

Sun., Sept. 7, 1997

The country’s booming new assisted living industry has sprung up throughout the Inland Northwest over the last five years, dotting the landscape with elegant new complexes bearing Victorian-era names.

Influenced by a European concept, this industry aims to spare the frail elderly the high costs and indignities of life in a nursing home, while providing connection and care. It blends the health care, hospitality and construction fields.

In a special report, today’s IN Life section examines the region’s assisted living industry and its rapid growth.

In Spokane, an estimated 609 new assisted living apartments have been built in the last five years, while 200 new beds recently have been added in North Idaho.

Nationally, this $13 to $15 billion industry serves the country’s fastest growing population: those ages 75 and over. It offers security, companionship and independence - and creates a complex list of consumer questions and concerns.


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