Assisted-living facility expected to open soon in Boonsboro

January 03, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS |
  • Dickson Tabi and his brother, Zacheus Tabi, plan to open Soma Manor House, an assisted-living facility, in a five-bedroom home at 7701 Old National Pike in Boonsboro.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Owners of Soma Manor House, a new assisted-living facility in Boonsboro, hope to accept their first residents later this winter, Executive Director and Co-owner Dickson Tabi said.

“We’re just getting through the finishing touches,” Tabi said.

He and his brother, Zacheus Tabi, plan to open Soma Manor House in a five-bedroom home at 7701 Old National Pike in Boonsboro.

“Right now, I live in Silver Spring (Md.), but I found this place in Boonsboro, so I said, ‘OK, this is a nice place for a facility like that’ because it’s almost in town, also ... they have some neighbors around, but it’s a little setup away from the main road, which makes it appropriate for our facility,” Tabi said.

Their website,, describes the location as “nestled in a pastoral setting with spectacular views of nature, yet close to shopping, pharmacies, banking, the Shenandoah Valley and national parks, and just minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md.”

Dickson Tabi said he plans to accommodate up to eight residents, with some private rooms and some double rooms.

“In the future, we might increase the number because we have this large property that we might build more structures to accommodate more residents,” Tabi said.

The property is about five acres, he said.

The facility will be licensed to provide up to level-three care, which includes assistance with feeding, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene and mobility, Tabi said.

The staff will include five caregivers and a nurse, Tabi said.

The minimum age for residents will be 62, but owners are targeting those ages 75 and older, he said.

“We already have prospects,” he said. “Some people are already stopping by to take a look at the place, and they just want to know when we are ready, to sign the papers.”

Right now, the owners are installing grab bars in the bathrooms and making the home more presentable, Tabi said.

They also are waiting for the final word on their licensing, he said.

Tabi said he hopes the setting and activities will help set Soma Manor House apart.

“We plan to have a lot of people coming in for different activities from different organizations, and also we will arrange for trips,” he said. “Those who can make the trips, they can travel to maybe Washington, D.C., or Baltimore.”

Before this venture, Tabi was a resident-services manager with InterSolutions Inc., a property management staffing company in Washington, D.C., he said. He said he managed a nursing agency in Massachusetts and worked as a certified nursing assistant for a number of years.

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