As many of you know, I now live year round on the coast of Maine. One of my local heroes is Chip Teel, who has been pioneering in eldercare for over two decades. He’s a local M.D., with a family practice of seven professionals. A large proportion of their clientele are elderly people. Chip, who has a specialty in geriatrics, served as director of the local nursing home. He has also been very involved as the Medical Director of a nearby retirement community.
Over the years, Chip’s elderly clients have been very clear with him about one thing: they don’t want to move out of their homes, no matter how frail they become. When their declining health and fragile mental states made it necessary for them to move out of their homes, they were often unhappy, and their conditions worsened. When Teel could figure out ways to keep them at home and provide the supplemental services they needed, they thrived. So he engaged with a group of his clients to try a couple of experiments.