The older facilities will be demolished.
Tuesday is a big day at the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center, and Montevue Assisted Living as residents move into their new facilities. The new building housing both entities was formally opened last month with a ribbon cutting.
For many years, both entities were in different locations and operated separately. But now they're under one roof. "They're still today separately licensed organizations because they give different levels of care," says Executive Administrator for Citizens and Montevue, Sheree Parris Nudd. "But by being in a building that is under one roof, that has an adjacent walkway enclosed in the building, we're able to do several services that will that will serve both facilities to help us with economies of scale." Some of those services, she says, include food service and maintenance.
A total of 200 residents will be moving into the new facility. Citizens Care and Rehabilitation will welcome 140 residents, and Montevenue will bring in 60 residents. The old Citizens and Montevue buildings will be demolished to make way for additional parking for employees, volunteers and visitors, says Parris Nudd.
She says some of residents of the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center will have private rooms with their own restrooms, showers and television sets built into the wall. "It's beautiful not just for beauty's sake," she says. "Certainly, we all enjoy beauty, but it's created to be a healing environment." Citizens provides short and long term care for residents suffering from injuries or illness.
In addition, Citizens Care and Rehab will have a memory care unit for residents who are suffering from Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia. "They might need cuing on teeth brushing, or making sure that they get nutrition into them. They need special activities," Parris Nudd says.
The residents at Montevue will have furnished apartments with kitchenettes and private bathrooms.
Both the Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Care Center will provide 24-hour care, nutritious meals, and many wonderful activities, including crafting, church services and game and movie nights, according to a release from Montevue Assisted Living and Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Construction of the 156,000-square-foot center began two-and-a-half years ago at a cost of $35-million.