Summerville ready to open |

Summerville ready to open

by Linda Hiller

Residents anxious to move into Summerville at Virginia Creek, Carson Valley’s newest (and only) “continuum of care retirement community,” have only a week more to go.

Jeri Shields, director of community relations for the facility, said work is moving at a fast and furious rate in order to be ready for the official opening on July 1.

“We are already 50 percent full in the independent living wing,” she said. “People are getting excited to move in, and we can’t wait to open.”

There are four levels of care available at Summerhill at Virginia Creek, Shields said – independent living, assisted living, Summerbrook, an Alzheimer’s unit, and a separate skilled nursing care center leased out to Barton Memorial Hospital.

– Independent living. The 49 independent living apartments on three floors offer rooms with balconies or patios, a kitchenette with a refrigerator/ freezer and convection microwave oven. Rooms available include 429- square-foot studios, 545-square-foot one-bedroom apartments, 762-square-foot two-bedroom units or the deluxe one-bedroom, 858-square-foot apartments.

Also included in the rent, which ranges from $1,495 to $3,390 per month for one person, are utilities, a phone line, basic cable television, weekly trash pickup, housekeeping and linen service, the use of a community laundry facility, a country kitchen, a computer room with Internet access, a fitness room, a hair salon and a 60-inch big screen television among other amenities.

– The next level of care. Assisted living apartments are for residents who may want or need more help with things like medication, getting around, or just those who cannot live totally independent. This facility offers three meals a day instead of the two in independent living.

Apartments available in this wing include a 374-square-foot studio and a 546-square-foot one-bedroom apartment. Depending on the care desired, rent prices range from $2,050 to $2,540 per month.

– Alzheimer’s unit Summerbrook, the 24-unit Alzheimer’s care wing of the facility offers either 310-square-foot private rooms or 506-square-foot semi-private rooms. Base prices range from $3,090 to $3,690 per month.

Residents will have a secure environment designed to address the needs and safety of those with Alzheimer’s or other memory impairment dementias.

A secured, continuous outdoor walking path will enable residents to walk outside without the danger of getting lost, Shields said.

Residents can take their meals – breakfast and dinner in independent living and the addition of lunch in assisted living – in a restaurant-style dining room, or, for special occasions, the private dining room can be reserved. Extra meals run $4.50 – $6 each, Shields said. A delicatessen offers lunch or snack fare.

– For convalescent care. The Health Center, a licensed skilled nursing facility just north of Summerville at Virginia Creek, will be managed by Barton Memorial Hospital.

The Carson Valley Medical Center, located directly west of Summerville, will coordinate physician, diagnostic and emergency services for the residents.

– Food and recreation. Director of food services for Summerville is Michael Owen.

“He is so good,” Shields said. “We know that food is a big issue in senior living, so we got the best.”

Entertainment director Laura Powell is planning myriad activities for the residents, including bingo, crafts, outdoor walks, outings, exercise programs and more.

The possibilities are endless, Shields said.

“It’s like having a really, really big house,” she said. “Only, you don’t have to pay for the whole thing.”

– About the parent company. Summerhill is a young company – only 3 years old – headquartered in Alexandria, Va., with 37 properties spread across the United States, Shields said, The Virginia Creek facility will be the largest in the chain, she said.

Building the $15 million, 50,000 square-foot retirement complex was initiated by Valley residents Greg and Holly Painter and Phil Shapiro. The facility will be managed by the Summerville Healthcare Group.

Shields said the staff at the center will increase to about 100 employees when the facility is fully rented.

A July 4th community barbecue is being planned to celebrate the long-awaited opening of the facility, and the public will be welcome, Shields said.

Summerville at Virginia Creek is located at 1565 Virginia Ranch Road, behind the Carson Valley Medical Center. For more information, call 782-3100

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