MBK Senior Living and the “middle zone”
MBK Senior Living LLC is the Mitsui entity that acquires, refurbishes and operates senior communities. This California-based company employs around 1,300 people, the overwhelming majority of them caregivers working in 22 senior communities in California, Arizona, Washington, Colorado and Utah.
Senior living comes in a range of formats, each offering different levels of care. At the lower end are senior apartments, living spaces built on “universal design principles” to make life easier for people with mobility issues. At the high end are hospital-like facilities that provide skilled nursing and medical care. The middle zone—the area targeted by MBK Senior Living—consists of two categories: Independent Living (IL) and Assisted Living (AL). Independent living provides meals, cleaning and housekeeping services to physically and cognitively healthy individuals, while assisted living adds to that help with tasks like bathing and dressing, as well as health management (i.e. a nurse checking vital signs, making sure medication has been taken etc.). Some assisted living communities also include secure environments with specialized “memory care” services for people with dementia.