TigerPlace is a 54-unit retirement community with one- and two-bedroom apartments that come equipped with kitchenettes and full baths. Initiated as a multidisciplinary service, education and research project at the Sinclair School of Nursing, TigerPlace is a model of gerontological education, research, care delivery and environmental design for the 21st century. It is also a center for students, scholars, policymakers and entrepreneurs to research the new “Aging-in-Place” model in eldercare.
TigerPlace was developed in partnership with Americare Systems, Inc. Representatives from Americare and the University of Missouri worked closely together to plan the construction and operation of TigerPlace. Americare manages housing and provides health care services for its residents, the Sinclair School of Nursing coordinates the educational and research activities and helps connect all departments, schools and colleges at MU to enrich the lives of the older adults living at TigerPlace.
The “Aging-in-Place” model allows the elderly to receive health care in their preferred place of living. As their care needs increase, residents contract for more care in the same setting, eliminating the need for a move to a more restrictive living environment such as a nursing home. Residents receive housekeeping, laundry and dining services as part of their base rent.