D.C. Home Care Agency’s Chateau Concept Flirts with Assisted Living
A Washington, D.C. agency is toeing the borderline between home health and assisted living services with the development of a new, luxury-style care home.
With the goal of becoming the Relais & Chateaux of assisted living, Capital City Nurses aims to refine residential living for its senior clients by bringing elements of the international hotel chain’s aesthetic charm, elegance and hospitality to in-home care.
To bring this goal closer to realization, Capital City Nurses created a separate entity, The Cottage at Curry Manor, LLC, a fully facility to extend the company’s range of service offerings in Bethesda, Maryland.
Serving seniors in the greater D.C./Baltimore area and the Eastern Shore of Maryland since 1976, Capital City Nurses provides private duty home care, companion care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, hospice support, as well as skilled nursing and medication management services.
The company’s decision to enter the assisted living space was nothing short of its evolution as a care provider, says Susan Rodgers, R.N., Capital City Nurses’ founder and president.
“It’s our belief that seniors do best when they’re aging in place, so we decided that having a small group home was a natural extension and progression of caring for people at home,” Rodgers told SHN.
The Cottage at Curry Manor borrows characteristics from the “Green House” model that provides more personalized care for a smaller population of residents—usually 10 to 12—within a cluster of residences under one roof.
Where the Green House’s model counters traditional “mansion-style” senior living, where a greater resident population is housed within a single, often multi-story structure, Capital City Nurses’ Cottage takes the concept and shrinks it on a smaller, more intimate level.
Situated on a gated estate, The Cottage at Curry Manor provides housing for eight residents within private bedroom and bathroom floor plans. The community also provides a large gourmet kitchen that overlooks the grounds’ landscaped gardens complete with an outdoor patio and birdfeeders scattered throughout.
Since the Cottage only provides for eight residences, Capital City Nurses is marketing the facility to its current clients, informing them about the newest development, giving tours to prospective care managers and receiving feedback, Rodgers said.
“It is our mission to take assisted living to a new pinnacle of refined residential living and we are excited to take this commitment to the next level with the opening of The Cottage at Curry Manor,” Rodgers said.
Capital City Nurses is preparing for a grand opening event for The Cottage at Curry Manor June 24.
Written by Jason Oliva