CARTHAGE Community residents had a glimpse Wednesday of what their future might hold as they toured a 60-bed assisted-living facility thats expected to open soon.
Administrator Joseph W. Millard said Meadowbrook Terrace, 21957 Cole Road, is set to open when approval is given by the state Department of Health.
He said six or seven residents are ready to move in and many more applications are being processed. An initial 22 staff members have been hired and more will be brought in, as residency grows, to a full staff of 40 employees, Mr. Millard said.
Mr. Millard said the facility was designed to be reminiscent of life in the Carthage area. Visitors were guided down State Street during the facility tours. Along the main corridor is a post office where each resident has a post box, a gift shop/ convenience store, an ice cream parlor and a beauty shop. The dining room and main lounge are also along State Street.
The dining room has seating for each of the 60 residents and includes an area where family gatherings may be held. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for all residents. The one-story facility also includes an activity room and a chapel.
The K-shaped, four-wing facility contains 48 studio rooms, each 322 square feet, and 12 single-bedroom units, each 433 square feet. There is a lounge area in each wing in addition to the large main lounge. Each single-occupancy room has a private, spacious bathroom and a kitchen area with a small refrigerator. To avoid a fire risk, cooking appliances are not allowed, Mr. Millard said.
Also, there is the social aspect of dining together, he said.
Barbara Delles, who resides at Country Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, is considering a move to the new facility.
Id like my own room, my own bathroom, she said. I love Country Manor, the people, the residents, the nurses but I want my own space. Im only 89. I want my own space while Im still alive.
Asked what she thought of the other on-site amenities such as the ice cream parlor, she replied with a smile, Oh, that will get me in trouble.
Mr. Millard has been in contact with Country Manors director, Linda J. Queior, and said there may be some transfer of residents which will be mutually beneficial since there is a difference in the levels of care provided by the two facilities. The nursing home caters to those who need more care and the assisted-living facility is for more independent individuals.
Other visitors to the open house were impressed but not quite ready to move in.
It would be right across from where I worked for so long, said Jackie Bintz, a former Carthage Central School employee. At age 78 she still lives in her own home, but said the assisted-living facility is a possibility for the future.