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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 ar...

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