Volume LVIIAugust 2010Number 3

Masonic Village at Sewickley Projects
Provide More Privacy & Care Services

Masonic Village Breaks Ground for Renovations to Nursing Care Residence

To kick off a $22 million renovation project, on June 16, a ground breaking ceremony was held at the Masonic Village at Sewickley's nursing care residence, the Valley Care Masonic Center.

The current 43,000 square foot residence, which includes 128 suites, will be renovated, and a 64,000 square foot addition will be constructed. The residents' new home will be laid out in eight 16-bed units, called "neighborhoods." It will include 88 private rooms and 20 shared private suites with showers in each bathroom. Each neighborhood will have its own dining area and activity room. The Staunton Support Wing, a special care area specifically designed to serve residents with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias, will increase from 20 beds to two 16-bed neighborhoods.

"We are transforming the nursing home from a hospital model to a neighborhood model which will create much more of a home environment for our residents," Eric Gross, executive director, said. "Residents will all enjoy much improved privacy in their rooms, larger community living areas, and they will be part of neighborhoods that feel more like families."

Preliminary plans for land development have been approved. Final design plans went to the Aleppo Township commissioners for approval on June 21. Work on parking areas began June 28, and construction on the new building will begin in September. The project is expected to take two years to complete.

Home Care Services Expand to Sewickley

Masonic Village at Sewickley began offering Home Care Services for residents in May. The home care program in Elizabethtown began over a year ago and produced successful results, so staff began assessing the need for home care services in Sewickley.

Home care services are tailored to an individual's unique needs to allow him or her to remain as active as possible, for as long as possible.

Masonic Village Home Care staff can provide a helping hand to assist a resident with numerous chores such as grocery shopping, laundry or car maintenance, or can provide daily help with bathing, meal preparation, transportation or even around-the-clock companion care. Other services include:

-Taking care of pets, plants, mail, etc., while away
-Preparing for company/hosting a party
-Cleaning out closets, basement, garage
-Respite services

Previously, when residents needed assistance with certain activities, the only options were to move to another level of care or to hire an outside agency to come on campus and provide these types of services. Outside agencies typically require a four-hour minimum to come on campus, but now residents are able to receive this care in one- or two-hour increments from Masonic Village staff they have come to know and trust.

For additional information on Home Care Services offered through quality, compassionate Masonic Village staff, call (412) 741-1400, ext. 3096, or visit www.masonicvillagespa.org

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