Assisted living complex offers preview to community

2013-04-24T21:30:00Z Assisted living complex offers preview to communityBy Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 24, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

LANSING | With a long-awaited opening on the horizon, a new assisted living complex opened its doors Wednesday to community members interested in the senior housing.

St. Anthony of Lansing, a 125-unit complex near Chicago Avenue and 177th Street, took nearly four years to get approved because of continued struggles faced by real estate developers.

Construction of the complex began last year with a groundbreaking ceremony in August.

Marketing director Kourtnie Rohrbach said there have been no construction delays and officials are confident that the complex will open to residents this summer.

Some units in the complex are accounted for, but there still are some openings. St. Anthony officials conducted  the open house event to show prospective buyers what life there will be like.

The complex, which provides residents with individual apartments, features a dining room with meal service and off-hour snacks, housekeeping and laundry services along with access to transportation.

Rohrbach said there will be a director of nursing on staff and 24-hour medical assistance on the premises.

The structure was not complete, so people visiting the complex Wednesday were shown floor plans of the apartments with kitchenette facilities, emergency call devices and wireless Internet connections.

Many were looking at the facility in anticipation of having an elderly parent live there.

“We’re drawing from a broad area,” Rohrbach said, adding the facility is unique in that officials are able to accommodate residents regardless of their income. Those on Medicaid will be asked to pay what they can afford, although they are limited to up to $2,000 in assets that they can keep.

There also are measures in place to accommodate older residents who might suffer a drop in their income in future years.

“If they run out of money, they can stay,” Rohrbach said. “We’re not looking to kick anybody out.”

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