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##Golden Guide

####Your Compass Through the Senior Housing Maze

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Golden Guide is a platform to easily find all the senior housing information you need to help make the right choice for you or your loved ones!

Search for senior housing by criteria such as location, services provided, cost and ratings.

Users can easily see ratings from city, state and federal government.

Members can contribute a review.

This applications was designed and developed on February 6-8, 2015 for the Zillow & The University of Washington Host "Hack Housing: Empowering Smarter Decisions" – A Weekend Hackathon Contest. #zillow-hackhousing

The app models customer ratings at

###Challenge and Approach

####The Problem

Chronic illness, falls, and the debilitation that comes with aging often means seniors need to move to Assisted Living Centers, Adult Family Homes, or Skilled Nursing Facilities.

This can be a very stressful, unwelcomed transition for the senior and the burden often falls to adult children to help their parents find the right facility, in the needed location, that’s affordable.

This is a big decision. Finding and researching senior facilities takes too much time. Most people do not know where to find government data necessary to make good decisions.

####The Solution

Golden Guide is a platform to easily find all the senior housing information you need to help make the right choice for you or your loved ones!

Develop a platform -- ONE place to find all the senior housing data:

  • Facility and elder service details
  • Location and current openings
  • Monthly costs
  • Government ratings for safety and quality evauations from
  • State, city inspection reports
  • Cusomer reviews.

###Our approach for satisfying this challenge was to:

  • Research current public and government applications for senior housing
  • Lean Canvass for Business Model
  • Design and wireframes
  • Develop an example Git repository
  • Stub a basic Ruby on Rails app
  • CRUD for User reviews
  • Shared on Github
  • Consult with HUD and Socrata experts
  • Deeper research into government datasets
  • Iterated and re-designed

###Team Members

Our team is comprised of:

  • Marge Rosen - Team Lead, Biz, WebDev @MargeRosen (Github and twitter)
  • Marilee Veniegas - Designer @marilee_mv (twitter)
  • Allie Choy - Designer @arriechoy (twitter)
  • Holly Henke - SME and Designer @hollyh (Github)


In order to build and run our app: Ruby 2.0.0, Rails 4.0.0

To set-up this app in development, run these commands:

rake db:migrate
rails s

###Possible Improvements:

  1. Facility search functionality

  2. Member sign-in functionality to give reviews

  3. Website moderation of comments to filter out inappropriate reviews

  4. Add additional sorting functionality for facility search

  5. Add map to geolocate properties

  6. Flesh out more functionality

  7. Allow Members to contact facilities for more info and to schedule a viewing.

  8. Allow Facilities topost openings for a price (profit stream)

  9. Allow facilities to comment on a customer review.

  10. Add CSS styling from wireframes