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Posted: July 15, 2008

Nudists Bare Feelings for Assisted Living Facility

Sooner or later, it had to happen: middle-aged nudists in Florida are considering creating an assisted living facility geared to their lifestyle, anticipating the need as they age.

It all started with April Genter, a 46-year-old nudist real estate agent, who was searching for an assisted living facility for her non-nudist grandmother.

"What's going to happen to me and my friends when we have to have heart surgery or a hip replacement?" Genter, whose clients include many who share her lifestyle, told the St. Petersburg Times newspaper.

As a result of that unanswered question, Genter and members of nearby Pasco County nudist colonies are looking into the feasibility of opening what could be the country's first assisted living facility for nudists.

"It's a real challenge," said Van Bradley, general manager of the Lake Como nudist report in Land O'Lakes, told the Times. Most of his residents are over age 50, while members who live off-site but use the amenities are in their mid 40s and up. The area’s oldest nudist is reportedly a 90-year-old woman, the Times reported.

The newspaper quoted local nudists with stories of friends who had to sell their home or condominium when their health began to fail. Some were then forced to move away so their children could care for them. Others were estranged from their children because of their nudism, while still others are childless and have no extended family to help care for them in old age.

"We want to stay within our culture," Paul Brenot, president of the Pasco Area Naturist Association, also known as PANDAbare, told the newspaper.

The nudist search committee ideally would like to organize an assisted living facility near or in one of the existing nudist communities so residents could continue to be connected with friends and use amenities such as the swimming pool for in-the-buff recreation and physical rehabilitation.

The result could be the nation’s first nudist assisted living facility. "We don't have any at all, not to my knowledge," Carolyn Hawkins, spokeswoman for the American Association for Nude Recreation, which counts about 260 member clubs, told the Times.

As for the legalities involved, Florida officials said anyone wanting to open an assisted living facility must fill out a license application, have a building, complete land surveys from the state and the local fire marshal, undergo a sanitation inspection and have liability insurance.

And as for nudity, "there is no statute or rule to address that," said Alberta Granger, manager of the assisted living program for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

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