The average age of people living independently has risen with the aging post war generation. Health care delivery for people of all ages has also dramatically changed in the last 20 years. The number of safety, medical and health technologies as well as home health care services available to those who desire to remain in their own home is growing every day. Recent fire events involving apartment buildings with a high concentration of seniors, including a fire in San Antonio where five people died, have raised questions related to the level of safety in buildings that are often times described as senior housing or senior apartments. One category of these types of occupancies is known as Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs).
NFPA and the Fire Protection Research Foundation are co-hosting a one day symposium on November 4th at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista that will bring together leaders in the residential, health care, independent living and safety communities for a rare opportunity to understand these emerging trends to create a vision for the future of safe living in an independent environment. The discussions from this event will be used to roadmap changes to NFPA codes and standards to address new challenges and enable new solutions.
Topics that will be covered at the summit will include:
- Emerging Trends for Aging in Place
- Healthcare Technology Moves into the Home: Challenges and Opportunities
- Overview of HHS Tools and Resources
- Panel on the Home Health and Emergency Services Perspective
- Panel on Educational Resources
- Current Status of NFPA Codes and Standards
- Roundtable Discussion on Making Independent Living Safe
If you would like to attend the summit, please contact Eric Peterson at the Foundation with your name, affiliation, and contact information. The summit is free of charge and space is limited, so reserve your spot now!
For additional details, including a draft program, please visit the Foundation website.