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September 18, 2013

Center represents next generation of senior living

Public open house set for Sept. 19

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AVON —

A home theater system allows eight to 10 people to watch movies together. Or a family can gather to view home videos or slideshows.

“It’s just another opportunity for families to be engaged with the residents,” Lane said. “It’s so important to have that.”

Adding to the hotel-like atmosphere are the nurses’ stations, which look more like concierge service than something medical-related.

“That’s the feeling we want people to have,” Lane said. “This person’s here for you, whatever your needs are.”

Wellbrooke is currently going through the required licensure certification survey before being accepted into the Medicare and Medicaid programs. That should be complete by month’s end.

But they already have residents. Local hospitals are also inquiring about sending patients there for rehabilitation.

“They’re kind of waiting for us to open our doors,” Lane said. “There’s a lot of interest in this building.”

The $14.4 million development is expected to offer up to 100 full-time jobs. Another 300 worked on its construction.

Feedback from existing Wellbrooke centers — which include Westfield and Wabash — has been positive.

“People feel like they’re being treated like a person, not a number or a medical case,” said Turner, adding that their design represents a paradigm shift in how many feel about assisted senior living.

“The old model is based around long-term custodial care in an institutional setting,” he said. “What we’ve done is flip that on its head. Now we focus on getting people well and getting them home where they really want to be.”

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