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New assisted-living center opens

September 14, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

One of several assisted living centers planned for Washington County opened for business Monday.

Loyalton, a $7 million center in Hagerstown, has room for 125 residents and will employ about 50 staff members, according to director M.J. Williams.

Assisted living communities are geared to individuals who may need help with day-to-day activities but are not medically dependent such as nursing home residents would be, she said.

Williams said residents at Loyalton can expect to be treated with respect and dignity.

"We realize it's not home but it's the best possible alternative to relatives," she said.

One amenity offered is restaurant-style dining. Residents can chose from several menu items and are served their meals. Fine linens and dinnerware add to the experience, she said.

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Small pets are allowed and a licensed nurse is on staff 24 hours a day, she said.

Other services such as therapy and recreational activities are offered.

Williams acknowledged that the assisted living field in Washington County is crowded but said there is room for everyone.

"We try to be a resource for all the senior citizens in the area," she said.

Loyalton is owned by the Emeritus Corp. of Seattle which operates 138 assisted living centers in 30 states, she said.

Another Hagerstown assisted-living center now accepting residents is Outlook Pointe, which opened Aug. 18.

The center celebrated National Assisted Living Week with an open house Monday.

Outlook Pointe, which is off Eastern Boulevard, has 58 studio or one-bedroom apartments. The building has five common living rooms and is designed around two open courtyards along Antietam Creek, according to Melissa Boyer, community director.

Several of the units are already occupied, she said.

Outlook Pointe, is exceptional because of its programs, said Boyer.

"Our programs cater to the physical, intellectual and spiritual needs of the residents," she said.

They provide personal care, meals, transportation, housekeeping, laundry, therapy, nursing consultations and a security system.

Emphasis is placed on respite care, she said. Outlook Pointe offers short-term care for as brief a period as a weekend or a month.

Brief stays may also be needed following surgery, she said.

Outlook Point is one of 172 centers owned by Balanced Care Corp. of Mechanicsburg, Pa. Others nearby are in Martinsburg, W. Va., and Shippensburg, Pa.

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