On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Elizabeth Meyer of Walker Methodist conducted an information meeting about the new assisted living facility being built in Rush City, Rushseba Station.
The 36 unit facility is being built next to Rushseba Landing, the existing senior apartment building and community center. The opening date is projected for April 2020. Currently 20% of the units are already reserved.
Meyer discussed the amenities associated with the facility. It will have senior apartments that can also be assisted living apartments. On the first floor is the memory care neighborhood. The memory care neighborhood is separate from the main community areas and has a private patio and dining area.
“It has everything to serve their needs so they are safe,” Meyer said.
The senior apartments range in price from $1,730 a month for a studio and $2,900 for a two bedroom, two bath. All prices are for a single occupant. Meyer said that 67% of the units at all Walker Methodist properties are single occupants. Additional occupants will be charged $350 per month.
Assisted living costs are based on the needs of the residents. They can continue to live in their apartment and, for a fee, receive additional services that are tailored to their needs.
Amenities include one chef meal a day, light housekeeping every other week, washer and dryer in most apartments, utilities (electricity, electric heat, air conditioning, water, sewer, trash removal, recycling), satellite television, Wi-Fi, chaplain on staff, daily wellness checks, access to all common areas and social events.
“The calendars [of events] reflect the needs and interests of the community,” Meyer said.
One community member questioned if transportation would be available to medical appointments. Meyer said she cannot guarantee at this point access to doctor’s appointments, and it will depend on the schedules and needs of the community.
Guests cannot stay in the apartments for more then 30 days out of the calendar year. It is officially a 55-plus facility, but 20% of residents could be younger. This makes opportunities for younger people who are in need of services, for example someone in their 40s with MS or someone with a younger spouse.
There are two dining options at Rushseba Station, The T.D. Walker Grill (the main dining area where chef meals are prepared) and the Harriet Grill (modeled after Panera Bread).
Meyer said they will apply for the elderly waiver through the state once the facility opens in April. It will likely take three months to complete the process. Meyer said they will not hold apartments for the elderly waiver but there may be units available.
Another community member asked about how staff are selected. Meyer said that at Walker Methodist they “recruit, recruit, recruit ... That is the power of Walker Methodist.” She added quality staffing is a big industry concern.
There will also be a beauty shop, fitness area and private reservable dining room that can be catered.
All leases are monthly but require a full calendar month notice to cancel. Any increases will be effective Jan. 1. Meyer said to budget for a 3-5% increase due to increases in staff wages and food costs.