Sanders breaks ground on new concept
Sanders Retirement Community in the Gloucester village held a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon for two "small houses" that corporate officials said will each accommodate up to 20 residents in a home-style format.
Instead of following the traditional nursing home format, officials said, the arrangement will allow the residents to help prepare meals if they wish and decide which activities they will enjoy and whether to welcome guests when the doorbell rings.
William Downey, president and chief operating officer of Riverside Health System, said after the ceremony that he expects construction to start on the site, located off Walker Avenue, in December. The project is expected to be completed—and the first residents welcomed into their new home—in the fall of 2012.
"Riverside is transforming nursing care," said Jim Janicki, senior director of marketing for Riverside. "Through a revolutionary concept known as the Household Model, we are replacing ‘institutions’ with authentic homes while providing high quality clinical care and other supportive services."
The new houses will replace the original Sanders Nursing Home facility on Walker Avenue, which will then be used for administrative purposes, said Rudy Heinatz, administrator of Sanders Retirement Community. The nearby independent cottages and assisted care facility will remain in operation, he said.