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FEB 2019

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48 Security Business / / February 2019 Healthcare Security Emerging Market: Assisted Living Three integrators offer best practices and advice for this fast-growing vertical By Kevin Schaefer As the oldest of the nation’s 76 million baby boomers enters their 70s, many are exploring options to meet their housing, social and medical needs in retirement – but they do not want sterile hospital-like environments. They prefer communities with lifestyle choices, and they are willing to pay for amenities that provide them with technology and greater convenience. Developers of today’s assisted living communities have listened – they are creating facilities where people can transition through levels of care as they age. There are more than 30,000 of these communities in the U.S. (with that number growing rapidly), and they offer a wide range of resident services, including onsite entertainment, fitness centers and spas, housekeeping, restaurants, medication management and transportation. Security is an important element to the one million baby boomers currently in assisted living communities. As residents’ physical and medical needs change over the years, so do their security requirements. Three Security 101 integrators have vast experience in this market; in fact, they have combined to help secure more than 60 assisted living communities. Paul Chandegra, senior account executive at Security 101 San Diego, has been actively involved in the design, installation and service of security systems at 10 California and Arizona communities; Nathan Zautcke, owner of Security 101 Detroit, has secured dozens of Michigan communities; and Matt Netardus, system design and engineering for Security 101 Hampton Roads (Va.), ©Istock

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