To be considered an "aging in place" condo, each unit has to be designed by guidelines established by the
"My certificate is the only one in southeast
The condos are designed for those who have a handicap or are elderly, and want to maintain an independent lifestyle.
"We make it so seniors can age in place, and save them thousands of dollars in nursing home costs," Hoffman said. "It keeps them in their home many more months."
According to genworth.com, a long-term care and life insurance solutions company, the average nursing home cost per year is
What makes the condos conducive for the elderly or the handicapped is; no-step entries, no stairs, wide doorways, a 5-foot-by-6-foot roll-in shower, lever-doors and faucets,
According to CAPS and
Also available are Wi-Fi cameras so family members or friends, who live elsewhere, can check on the resident.
Of course, what makes
"All this translates from my father, Warren," Hoffman said of the reason he invented the Warren Life.
Hoffman's father's struggled to get off the toilet in a nursing home, which required CNAs to help him in the bathroom.
"The Warren Lift is priceless, your dignity is priceless," Hoffman said.
Since the first Warren Lift was installed in
The first units required a hydraulic system to raise and lower the toilet bowl, so individuals could get on and off easier.
The newer model operates with a linear actuator, which creates a unit that is smaller, lighter, cleaner (no hydraulic fluid), and is more cost effective. The linear actuator model has a new safety breakaway halo under the toilet, arthritis-friendly touch up/down buttons and finger touch flushing controls.
A newer Warren Lift was installed in the Hopefully Yours store in downtown
The Warren Lifts are installed in the main bathroom of each
The condos include 26 recessed LED lights, and remote-controlled heat producing fireplaces.
The 1,386-square-foot living space includes a family room with a cathedral ceiling, a kitchen, a master bedroom, a smaller second bedroom, a second bathroom, a two-car garage and a patio off the back of the condo.
The condos start at
If someone buys a condo, they can pick their kitchen cabinets and flooring from Keystone Products. The Hoffman family has owned Keystone Products for decades.
A resident also can have in-home health care or food delivered to remain independent.
Hoffman is serving as general contractor on the project and he has hired sub-contractors for most of the work. Hoffman built his first housing complex, an 8-plex known as
He is giving tours of the condos regularly, and the first unit should be completed by the end of the year. Hoffman can be reached at (319) 750-0520.
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