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Building clinical care into a home-like setting.

History of Courtyard Manor of Wixom, Michigan

Courtyard Manor of Wixom was founded by Michigan resident Ken Alflen, who believed that elderly people no longer able to live alone deserved more than a nursing home.

In 1979, Alflen explored care facilities for his father and found there wasn't much available other than multiple-story buildings with hospital beds, tile floors, long, narrow hallways and UV lighting. Nothing like the beautiful, assisted-living facilities of today. So Alflen designed smaller, one-story structures for people looking for something very special ... more like home.

Each building would house just 20 residents and feature:

When Courtyard Manor of Wixom opened in 1987, its elderly residents felt right at home and rooms filled quickly.

The facility's goals, however, shifted slightly when Alflen's daughter, a high school senior, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. He and his wife searched for treatment facilities "like home," but again found almost none. Fortunately, they found one that kept its residents busy, mentally stimulated and on the least amount of medication necessary.

It was a successful model Alflen decided to build upon. In 2001, Courtyard Manor of Wixom shifted focus to provide clinical/residential treatment for medically fragile, mentally ill adults 35 and older.

"I had a dream to use our property in Wixom to help older people with mental illness," Alflen recalls. "Over the years, we did what wasn't being done. And now others are following."

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