At TigerPlace, we are committed to improving the lives of older adults in Columbia, Missouri, and across the world. We believe in a Registered Nurse (RN)/Social Work (SW) Care Coordination model that uses technology to promote early illness recognition and fall detection. Our model facilitates the use of nursing services and resources to assist older adults in maintaining their independence and be as active as possible, through the end of their life. Sharing our innovative model of RN care coordination will help other organizations benefit from what we have learned and help them implement similar systems of health care and personal services.

Results of our innovations include:

  • Improved health outcomes, mobility and independence, and involvement in life and community activities
  • Early illness recognition so problems are detected early when problems are small and most easily treated
  • Our TigerPlace Care Coordination model adds nearly another year to the length of stay (2.6 years) as compared to the national median of 1.8 years in residential senior housing
  • Adding the environmentally embedded sensor technology developed by researchers at the University of Missouri at TigerPlace increases the average length of stay an additional 1.7 years (4.3 years total)
  • High resident and family satisfaction with living at TigerPlace
We have created the TigerPlace AIP Institute to share our innovations and facilitate the many requests we have for tours, education, and information on replicating this specific model. Although different environments and organizations will contribute to variances in programming, we believe that the core principles of our care model can be successfully applied across the continuum of care. Those interested in learning about the TigerPlace AIP model of care coordination receive the most benefit from visiting our community in person. Reviewing manuscripts included in the reference section prior to visiting TigerPlace will supplement and enhance the AIP Institute experience.


To register for the Institute, please download the registration form, complete it, and mail the completed form with payment to:

TigerPlace Institute, Sinclair School of Nursing
c/o Donna Connot
321 School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211-3000

Attendance Options

Attendance opportunities for the Institute options are listed below

Upcoming TigerPlace Institute Sessions:

2020 dates are:

February 11  |  June 9  (canceled due to COVID-19) |  October 1 (canceled due to COVID-19)

2021 dates are:

February 2  |  June 8  |  October 12

Cost of $250/person/day  |  All sessions held 9am-2pm

Intended audience:

Facility owners, administrators, healthcare providers, including care coordinators interested in innovative ways to improve effectiveness in the effectiveness of programs offered by their organizations. Researchers are likely to find this content beneficial as well.


An overview of care coordination processes and methods that participants may wish to consider adopting and/or using to modify their organization’s care coordination model.
Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which the embedded sensor technology, initially developed at TigerPlace and offered by Foresite Healthcare commercially, can support proactive intervention in a preventative, person-centered model.

We will take an in-depth look at actual case studies that demonstrate the power of early intervention as a means of preventing avoidable deterioration in health status or adverse events, with particular attention paid to the use of this technology-aided model to manage residents whose safety may be enhanced and cognitive decline slowed by appropriate interventions.

You will receive:
  • Tour of TigerPlace and the Neighborhoods
  • Overview of the history of TigerPlace
  • In-depth look at TigerPlace Aging in Place model and Care Coordination framework
  • Overview of legislative process that made TigerPlace possible (including strategies for successful lobbying)
  • Detailed explanation of technology from the engineering perspective (includes how the algorithms detect and predict health changes)
  • Case studies demonstrating how Foresite technology used at TigerPlace assists in preventing admissions, readmissions, and lost residents.
  • Snack and beverage (lunch is included)

For those of you who are interested in replicating the TigerPlace Aging in Place model, we offer the following for purchase:

  1. Full Aging in Place policy and procedure manual, staffing model, example contracts, and legislative wording/changes $5,000.
  2. Full Care Coordination model, decision trees, consulting for implementation, and all long-term care exceptions (with exact wording) $5,000.

Foresite has commercialized the sensor technology we use at TigerPlace for early alerts. Costs of adding the technology to your facility would be negotiated with this team.

Travel Information

TigerPlace is located at
2910 Bluff Creek Dr.
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 355-5902

Airline flight options

You can fly in and out of: St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Columbia Regional Airport, or Kansas City International Airport. You are responsible for providing your own transportation to and from TigerPlace for the Institute.

St. Louis –
Transport from St. Louis, MO airport to Columbia, MO

Kansas City –
Transport from Kansas City, MO airport to Columbia, MO

Columbia Regional Airport –

Rental Car Options

For reservations or rates, call Enterprise at (573) 256-8000
»Hours of operation:
1:00pm to 11:30pm − Sunday through Friday
Closed Saturday
For reservations or rates, call Hertz at (573) 449-0077
»Hours of operation:
9:30am to 10:30pm − Monday through Friday
Noon to 10:30pm − Saturday and Sunday

Local Hotel Information

*Unfortunately, there are no hotels in a good location for walking to and from TigerPlace; you are responsible for your own transportation*

Courtyard by Marriott (0.3 miles away from TigerPlace)
Address: 3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 443-8000
Wingate by Wyndham (2.9 miles away from TigerPlace)
Address: 3101 Wingate Court, US 63 & I-70, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 817-0500
Country Inn & Suites (3 miles away from TigerPlace)
Address: 817 N Keene St, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 445-8585
The Broadway Columbia a DoubleTree by Hilton (2.8 miles away from TigerPlace)
Address: 1111 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 875-7000
Parking garage attached if you are driving to town
Holiday Inn Express & Suites (1.3 miles away from TigerPlace)
Address: 1402 Cinnamon Hill Ln, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 442-8034
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center (2.2 miles from TigerPlace)
Address: 2601 S Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573) 442-6400
The Tiger Hotel (2.9 miles away from TigerPlace)
Address: 23 S 8th St, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 875-8888
Hilton Garden Inn (4 miles away from TigerPlace)
Address: 3300 Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202
Phone: (573) 814-5464
Residence Inn by Marriott (4.1 miles away from TigerPlace)
Address: 1100 Woodland Springs Ct, Columbia, MO 65202
Phone: (573) 442-5601
Welcome letter and special rate!!

TigerPlace Tours

Tours of TigerPlace are conducted on the 1st Wednesday of each month beginning at 10:00am. E-mail to schedule a tour.

View References

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Below are a few of the articles which have been published about Aging in Place and TigerPlace. You may want to read a few of the articles before registering for the Institute. A complete list of articles published by the Eldertech team may be found at

Rantz, M.J., Lane, K.R., Phillips, L.J., Despins, L.A., Galambos, C., Alexander, G.L., Koopman, R.J., Skubic, M., & Miller, S.J. (2015). Enhanced RN care coordination with sensor technology: impact on length of stay and cost in Aging in Place housing. Nursing Outlook, 63, 650-655. (Innovative Research on Aging Award, 2016, Seniors Housing and Care Journal)

Rantz, M., Skubic, M., Popescu, M., Galambos, C., Koopman, R.J., Alexander, G.L., Phillips, L.J., Musterman, K., Back, J., & Miller, S.J. (2015). A new paradigm of technology enabled “vital signs” for early detection of health change for older adults. Gerontology, 61(3), 281-290. PMCID: PMC4444411.

Rantz, M., Skubic, M., Abbott, C., Galambos, C., Popescu, M., Keller, J., Stone, E., Back, J., Miller, S.J., & Petroski, G.F. (2015). Automated in-home fall risk assessment and detection sensor system for elders. The Gerontologist, 55(S1), S78-S87.

Rantz, M., Popejoy, Lori L., Galambos, C., Phillips, L.J., Lane, K.R., Marek, K.D., Hicks, L., Musterman, K., Back, J., Miller, S.J., & Ge, B. (2014). The continued success of registered nurse care coordination in a state evaluation of Aging in Place in senior housing. Nursing Outlook, 62(4), 237-246.

Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Miller, S.J., Galambos, C., Alexander, G., Keller, J., & Popescu, M. (2013). Sensor technology to support Aging in Place. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 14(6), 386-391. PMCID: PMC3683379.

Marek, K.D., Stetzer, F., Adams, S.J., Popejoy, L., & Rantz, M. (2012). Aging in Place versus nursing home care: comparison of costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 5(2), 123-129. PMID: 21846081.

Rantz, M.J., Phillips, L., Aud, M., Marek, K.D., Hicks, L.L., Zaniletti, I., & Miller, S.J. (2011). Evaluation of aging in place model with home care services and registered nurse care coordination in senior housing. Nursing Outlook, 59(1), 37-46. PMID: 21256361.

Marek, K.D., Adams, S.J., Stetzer, F., Popejoy, L., Petroski, G.F., & Rantz, M. (2010). The relationship of community-based nurse care coordination to costs in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Research in Nursing & Health, 33, 235-242. PMCID: PMC3046776.

Rantz MJ, Skubic M, Miller SJ & Krampe J, “Using Technology to Enhance Aging in Place,” Proceedings, International Conference on Smart Home and Health Telematics, Ames, Iowa, June 2008, pp 169-176.

Johnson, R.A., Rantz, M.J., McKenney, C.A., & Cline, K.M.C. (2008). TigerPlace: training veterinarians about animal companionship for the elderly. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 35(4), 511-513. PMID: 19228901.

Rantz, M.J., Porter, R., Cheshier, D., Otto, D., Servey, C.H., Johnson, R.A., Skubic, M., Tyrer, H., He, Z., Demiris, G., Lee, J., Alexander, G., & Taylor, G. (2008). TigerPlace, a state-academic-private project to revolutionize traditional long-term care. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 22(1/2), 66-85. PMCID: PMC3091822.

Marek, K.D., Popejoy, L., Petroski, G. & Rantz, M.J.(2006) Nurse Care Coordination in Community-Based Long-Term Care. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 38(1), 80-86.

Rantz, M.J., Marek, K.D., Aud, M.A., Johnson, R.A., Otto, D. & Porter. R. (2005) TigerPlace: A New Future for Older Adults. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 20(1), 1-4.

Marek, K., Popejoy, L., Petroski G, Mehr, D., Rantz M.J. & Lin, W. Clinical Outcomes of Aging in Place. (2005) Nursing Research, 54(3), 202-211.

Marek, K.D., Rantz, M.J., & Porter, R.T. (2004) Senior Care: Making a Difference in Long-Term Care of Older Adults. Journal of Nursing Education, 43(2), 81-83.

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