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  • New assisted living facility to open in Nov.

  • Bethany Home plans to open a new assisted living facility in Lindsborg Nov. 1.
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  • Bethany Home plans to open a new assisted living facility in Lindsborg Nov. 1.
    Dale Hoosier, director of development, said the new facility will provide room for 32 people and create six to eight new jobs.
    Bethany Home has not offered assisted living in the past. Hoosier said the new facility will help fill a need for people who need assistance in their day-to-day lives but who don’t need the level of care provided at a nursing home.
    The level of care a person needs depends on how many activities of daily living, or ADLs, a person needs help with. ADLs include activities performed on a daily basis, such as dressing, bathing, eating, and walking.
    Hoosier said people who need help with only four or five ADLs may not need the level of care provided in a nursing home, and an assisted living facility may be the better option.
    The new facility will cost $3.25 million. The project is funded in part by a $1 million interest-free Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which Bethany Home received in June.
    An open house is scheduled for the new facility during the weekend of Oct. 5.
    Bethany Home, 321 N. Chestnut St., opened as a nursing home in 1911 with 11 residents. It has since expanded to a 118-bed nursing home facility and also provides 38 independent living units.
    A decade in the making
    Hoosier said planning for this facility began 10 years ago. Part of the challenge was finding a place to put it.
    “We tried to buy houses in the neighborhood, and we were waiting 20 years for a house to become available,” Hoosier said. “So we said, time out, let’s do something different.”
    To make room, Bethany Home acquired the property on East Swenson Boulevard between Subway and First Baptist Church about five years ago.
    Bethany Home contracted Altman Charter to build the new facility. Altman Charter specializes in the planning, design, and construction management of senior living and senior care facilities, according to the company’s website. Once the state approved the plans, construction began in December 2012.
    Hoosier said the facility will include a mix of two-bedroom, one-bedroom, and studio apartments ranging in size from 450 to 970 square feet. Each apartment will have its own complete bathroom.
    Hoosier also said the facility will have a health spa. Bethany Home plans to contract vendors to provide spa services. Possible services include hot tubs, a beauty shop or a masseuse, depending on demand.
    The facility also will include a Federal Emergency Management Agency-grade tornado shelter capable of withstanding F-5 tornadoes. The shelter is made of reinforced concrete and will be accessed by a gentle incline rather than steps.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It makes it a lot easier if you’re not trying to go up and down stairs,” Hoosier said.
    The cost to live at the new facility has not been finalized, but Hoosier said the pricing will be comparable to other facilities in the area.
    Future plans
    Bethany home is a Continuing Care Retirement Community, and Hoosier said the assisted living facility will allow more flexibility for those looking to settle when they retire.
    “So many people have gone to college here 50 years ago,” Hoosier said. “We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to make ourselves known and available to those people who we might not otherwise have a market to.”
    The new facility is only the first expansion for Bethany Home. Hoosier said plans are being prepared to build more assisted living and independent living facilities as the need arises.
    “It’s an exciting time. We’re going to be able to fulfill a need that we saw 10 years ago. It kind of feels like a dream come true to those that have been involved for a long time.”
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