Rosedale Green, a nonprofit retirement community in Covington, is changing the face of senior living with its innovative household concept and individual-based care.

Rosedale Green is renovating its current facility to accommodate the household concept, a different approach to senior living in which 20 to 22 residents live in separate household units.

The $9 million project features eight houses, each with its own front door, foyer, living room, formal and informal dining rooms, kitchen, and private resident rooms. The first two households are currently completed, and all eight will be completed by August 2017.

The households are aimed to make residents feel at home, rather than as if they are in a nursing facility. Residents can relax in the living room, socialize in the kitchen or enjoy the privacy of their rooms.

“It’s less like they’re in a hospital environment and more like they’re in their own home,” says Julie Price, director of community relations.

The households are also constructed to give residents their own privacy, as the residents’ rooms are located at the back of each house.

The highly qualified nursing staff are trained in the individual approach to care that the household model fosters, focusing not just on the medical needs of the resident but each resident’s holistic needs as well. For example, if a resident wakes up to morning coffee and the paper, that resident’s individual needs will be met, says Brad Stanford, assistant administrator.

“We have to take care of the whole person, not just the clinical aspect that they need assistance with,” says Stanford.

Rosedale is also expanding, adding a second facility to its family.

Emerald Trace, located on Turkey Foot Road, is currently being constructed. Comprised of two buildings, the facility will provide short-term rehabilitation living, assisted living memory care apartments and long-term residential living. It will also be modeled around the household concept. Residents will be able to move into Emerald Trace starting January 2017.

The mission of Rosedale is to give residents the freedom to live their lives as if they were at home, without a schedule provided by the nursing home, Stanford says. For example, residents may wake up and eat breakfast cooked to order whenever they want, versus a traditional nursing facility that has scheduled meal times.

“Moving here should just be a change of address for them,” says Stanford.

Currently, there are 210 beds in all facilities, with 38 private room accommodations. Between the two campuses, there will be 250 beds after the construction projects and more than 100 private rooms.

Rosedale Green provides temporary rehabilitation for residents who are transitioning from the hospital back to their homes. According to Stanford, Rosedale sent about 150 patients back to their homes last year. It also provides long-term assisted living care, hospice care and memory care for residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Rosedale also provides fun events throughout the year, such as a Reds’ game, an annual prom, casino trips to Jack Casino, regular cookouts, movie nights and much more. Regular church services are also provided.