New long-term health care housing concept to open in fall 2017
Today, Asbury Place Maryville broke ground on a long-term health care housing concept for seniors that will offer 66 resident rooms at the campus on Sevierville Road. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2017.
“Our team has been working hard towards this day, and we’re so excited to provide this new model for East Tennessee seniors,” said Marjorie Shonnard, chief operating officer for Asbury Place. “Our long-term care Household will have 22 rooms, and we’re also building two Households for memory support assisted-living that will each have 22 rooms.”
In the household model, long-term care communities adopt a resident-centered approach that resembles life at home, while providing seniors with opportunities to direct their daily lives. It breaks down a traditional health care center into a home environment for smaller groups of residents with their own kitchen, dining and living rooms and other small spaces residents would find in regular homes.
Residents have private rooms and share common living spaces. Each household is consistently staffed and residents, family members and staff collectively make daily decisions. Residents decide when they get up and how they spend their time during the day including when and what they eat and when they go to bed.
Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor was on hand to celebrate the groundbreaking. He commended Asbury Place for making a significant investment in the well-being of the community’s seniors.
“As we celebrate a new development on this campus, I am so proud that Maryville is home to Asbury Place,” Taylor said. “This investment in these new residences are great examples of how Asbury Place cares for our community.”
Asbury Place has worked with Action Pact, a senior living consultant group that developed the household model for the industry, to bring the concept to its Maryville campus. Martin Dickmann, executive vice president of development, celebrated with Asbury Place staff, residents and community leaders in Maryville.
“Construction is just one piece of this project,” Dickmann said. “The real achievement for Asbury Place today is the commitment to fostering the best life for their residents.”
About Asbury Inc.
Asbury, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, operates Asbury Place, CARF-CCAC accredited continuing care retirement communities in Kingsport and Maryville, Tenn. For more information, visit http://www.asburyplace.org.