Residential health care facility opens at Legacy

By DEBRA GASKILL Special Correspondent

March 15, 2014

XENIA — Area seniors will soon have a new facility for rehabilitation and recovery when the National Church Residences Legacy Village Rehabilitation and Residential Health Care opens a facility at Legacy Village.

National Church Residences Legacy Village hosted a preview of the $3.35 million addition to the campus for the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce and the public on March 13.

A grand opening is scheduled for 10 a.m. May 12.

The expansion includes a new skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility along with additional memory care apartments.

The rehab facility will have 15 private rooms, according to administrator Steven Throop. He anticipates the facility will be licensed by the state, following an accreditation process.

The rehab center will feature occupational, physical and speech therapy, including a full kitchen and bath in order to mimic each patient’s home setting as much as possible, Throop said.

“After a stroke, or hip or knee replacement, it can be difficult” for a patient to adapt to what their body can or cannot do and therapy will help them adapt and get back home as quickly as possible, he said.

Skilled nursing focuses on accommodating residents’ needs and preferences, with the objective of helping them achieve the highest possible quality of living.

“The rooms are very spacious,” said Marjory Jones, property manager and feature a large closet and private bath.

There are also private rooms for meetings or family events, and a kitchen.

The facility will generate an estimated 20 total jobs, both part-time and full-time.

National Church Residences Legacy Village has also expanded its memory care apartments are specially designed to serve residents with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

They feature secure areas and medication assistance.

The four new apartments include a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room, Throop said, and allow residents to bring their own belongings.

“Something that (dementia or Alzheimer’s) patients like to do is rummage through their personal items,” Throop said. “The extra space allows them to bring (items such as) the old credenza that they used to sit as when they paid the bills.”

The suites can accommodate a married couple.

As the population ages, Alzheimer’s and dementia are a growing problem, with the greatest risk being for those people over age 85.

“More and more people are turning 85 every day,” Throop said, and until there is a cure the need for facilities such as this will grow.

“It used to be, families had five, six, seven kids who lived close by and they were all able to help care for Mom and Dad,” Throop said. Now with family members living out of state, care for an elderly family member can be complicated.

To help families cope, National Church Residences and the Miami Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association are also offering a series of classes on helping family members. The classes will meet from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays beginning May 8.

Cost is $20 per family for all four classes and respite care may be available. To register, call 1-800-272-3900 or via e-mail at mvprograms@alz.org.

Legacy Village is located on the 253-acre Legacy Center Campus, which is home to various service-oriented organizations, including Athletes in Action and Xenia Christian School.

The campus dates back to 1869, when it was known as the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans Home, which provided housing for orphans of Ohio veterans until 1997, after the state’s focus on orphaned or endangered children moved from orphanages toward the current foster care system. By that time, 13,500 children had been raised and educated at the home.

National Church Residences has 330 communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico, and is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and operates five continuing care retirement communities. It also provides supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. The National Church Residences model of person-centered care includes adult day health, assisted living, senior housing, skilled nursing homes, rehabilitation center, outpatient therapy, home health care and hospice. For more information, visit www.nationalchurchresidences.org.