SunnyBrook of Carroll to add 18 apartments
April 24, 2014
SunnyBrook has announced plans to add 18 assisted-living apartments that will specialize in care for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Construction is set to begin this fall with an opening in the spring of 2015.
Planning is underway for expansion of SunnyBrook of Carroll Assisted Living & Memory Care, according to manager Bruce Boehm.
The Carroll property opened in 2008 with 46 apartment units. Twelve of the apartments were designated memory care units called the Gardens, which serve Alzheimer's and dementia residents. With an increase in demand for both assisted-living and memory care apartments, SunnyBrook management has decided to add 18 apartments, bringing the total to 64 units, with 18 for Alzheimer's and dementia residents.
The expansion project will begin in the fall, with a target date for completion in spring 2015. The company plans to incorporate state-of-the-art technology for enhancing the quality of life for the residents. Bid-letting is to begin in the late summer.
The addition will be built onto the northeast part of the building, located at 1214 E. 18th St.
SunnyBrook houses a choice of accommodations: studio, one-bedroom suite, one-bedroom deluxe suite and two-bedroom deluxe suite. The addition will consist of the most-popular designs: one-bedroom suites and one-bedroom deluxe suites.
James T. Elliott, president of SunnyBrook Senior Living, said in a news release that he recognizes that one of the company's great strengths is the employees' dedication in their care of the residents, adding, "This expansion will provide an opportunity for our great employees to grow within our organization."
The Carroll facility has 25 full-time and 15 part-time employees. The expansion plan projects hiring eight more full-time and six part-time employees.
SunnyBrook of Carroll is one of the company's six assisted-living communities across the state. Other locations are Burlington, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Mount Pleasant and Muscatine. In 2012, SunnyBrook of Carroll received the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living for its dedication to improving quality care.
Boehm has been SunnyBrook manager in Carroll nearly four years.
"Bruce Boehm has a very clear vision of the richness of life that can be provided to folks who can no longer get along on their own" Steve and Tom Tait said in a news release on the expansion. "They are totally committed to keeping this vision a reality in each and every one of their facilities. The folks at SunnyBrook do the best job we've seen."
Steve and Tom's parents live at SunnyBrook. Steve lives in Colorado, and Tom lives in Carroll and serves on the Carroll City Council.
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