New Hope Assisted Living nearing completion
The New Hope Valley Assisted Living Home, located near the intersection of McCarty and Center Road, is scheduled to be complete and open by Jan. 1, 2013. The facility has a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for Jan. 7 at 11 a.m.
K. Rumi Shahzad, managing director of the home, said everything has been running “according to schedule.” The facility is more than 27,000 square-feet in size and will have 45 beds for residents. It is owned and operated by New Hope Partners, LLC, which is made up of eight local residents.
New Hope Valley will be the first assisted living facility in Michigan to adopt the use of smart phones and tablets for their employees as a nurse call station, Shahzad said. It will also specialize in the care of patients with memory challenges, such as Alzheimers or dementia.
The facility will employ between 30 to 40 people, including a chef, activities director and administrators. Shahzad has already hired the executive director and activities directory for the facility and is helping in the rest of the hiring process over the coming weeks.
Lori LaBrie, New Hope’s executive director, said she was excited for the opportunity to work at New Hope. She had previously worked in the assisted living field at Stone Crest Assisted Living in Freeland.
“When Rumi described the assisted living he was going for and his vision and all of the state of the art technology that they are bringing into this home,” she said. “He sold it to me and I could see his vision. The technology coming into this home is where these assisted livings need to be at. It’s the wave of the future. It is just going to put the resident care over the top.”
LaBrie, along with Chelsey Zamarron, New Hope Valley’s activities director, will help oversee the care of the facility’s patients.
“I’ve worked in a place where there were 100 beds and it was very impersonal with staff,” Zamarron said. “I like how we are all going to be right (in the hall with the residents). We’re all going to be around the residents and lend a hand when they need it.”
New Hope Valley will offer four different styles of bedrooms in the assisted living portion of the facility. One will be semi-private, another will be for couples, and there will also be small and medium sized rooms for individuals.
The memory care portion of the facility will only offer one size room that is specially built for memory care patients with soothing colors on the walls and no locks on the doors.
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