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Biscuit International: Larry Carlson – Avandell, The future of Care Homes

Alex Whiteley December 23, 2022

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Welcome to the first episode of Biscuit International. A limited run of podcasts where The biscuit can venture outside of the SY and into the world.

This episode features Larry Carlson who has been working in the care industry for 40 years, since he was known as the “boy administrator”

Larry worked his way up to become the President and CEO of United Methodist Communities who have assisted living facilities all across New Jersey, US.

Larry wants to revolutionise the way residents who suffer from Alzheimer’s and Dementia by creating a facility ( known in the US as a tapestry) that has plenty of space, freedom of movement and opportunities to keep well needed routines and ways of life intact.

The name of this new facility is: Avandell

Larry was inspired by The Hogeweyk Dementia Village in The Netherlands and is building his own facility that mirrors a lot of the practices he’d witnessed there.

Care for our elderly and vulnerable is something that offers universal problems, especially when it comes to our emotions. Conversing with Larry showed me that no matter where we are in the world, we will all face one of life’s most important questions. How do we care for our loved ones in their later lives?

Well, things are changing and Larry is the face of that change.

Take a look here at the UMC website, to get a better idea of what Avandell will look like.

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