By LeAnn R. Ralph
GLENWOOD CITY — The last phase of the Glenhaven project is the Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) currently under construction.
The CBRF, which will be known as “Grand Oaks,” is a complete remodel of what was previously used as the Glenhaven facility for long term care.
As soon as the residents moved into the new part of Glenhaven in April, construction started on the existing nursing home to turn it into a Community Based Residential Facility — an intermediate step between the assisted living apartments at Havenwood and the skilled nursing units at Glenhaven Long Term Care and Rehabilitation.
Grand Oaks will feature 16 apartments — eight efficiency apartments and eight one-bedroom apartments — a tavern, a fireplace lounge, a library, and a media center/movie theater.
Havenwood, which was built in 2008, will remain as it is now with 16 apartments that include four two-bedroom apartments.
As of the last week in July, the framing was complete on the west end, and the electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), and plumbing were in process, and the kitchen remodel was complete.
Grand Oaks is expected to be ready for occupancy by November 1.
When the CBRF is finished, the Glenhaven facility will provide three levels of care: the assisted living apartments at Havenwood, the apartments in the Community Based Residential Facility at Grand Oaks, and the long-term care available at Glenhaven Long Term Care and Rehabilitation.
Glenhaven Inc. was awarded an innovation grant from the state in 2010. The grant provides $10 per Medicaid bed per day for new long term care facilities and was intended to encourage a more home like atmosphere rather than the institutional design with long corridors and double-occupancy rooms that was used for nursing homes built decades ago.
Because the innovation/incentive grant was intended for new construction, it would not have applied if an addition had been built onto the existing 44 bed facility to add more rooms so that all of the rooms were private rather than double occupancy.
The Glenhaven Board of Directors and the nursing home’s administration believed that the original Glenhaven still had many serviceable years left in the building.
And while the state’s incentive grant would not cover a remodeled building, the grant did allow a brand new building to be connected to an existing building, and the Glenhaven Board of Directors then decided to build a new facility and remodel the old long-term care facility into a CBRF so that Glenhaven would have three levels of care available.
The regulations for assisted living facilities, such as the apartments at Havenwood, require that the residents not need more than 28 hours of care per week.
Assistance can be provided for light housekeeping, meals, laundry and medication help, but people in assisted living must be able to take care of themselves for the most part and are considered tenants rather than residents.
When a person reaches the point where more care is required, such as help with bathing, getting dressed, and therapy, and their care requires more hours than the limit set for assisted living, regulations require that the person be moved to a Community Based Residential Facility or skilled nursing, depending upon the level of care that is needed.
The cost per month for Grand Oaks is expected to be about half the cost of the skilled nursing facility. The cost for the assisted living apartments at Havenwood will be less than Grand Oaks.
The Glenhaven Board of Directors and the facility’s administration anticipate that some of those residents currently in the skilled nursing facility will move to Grand Oaks once it is completed and ready for occupancy.