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Spring Hill church will offer senior housing

(ran PC edition)

With 50 beds in 40 apartments, the assisted-living facility is expected to be fully occupied by Easter.

A new assisted-living facility offering care to those with memory loss will officially open today to its first four residents.

CrownPointe Senior Living Community at 11291 County Line Road, just east of Mariner Boulevard, is run by United Management Services Inc., a division of the Church of God in Anderson, Ind. The facility will be owned by the management company when it is filled and will be operated as a non-profit organization, said Faith Koch, spokeswoman for United Management.

"At the rate we're going, (total occupancy) may be by Easter," Koch said.

The facility holds 50 beds in 40 apartments, she said. Thirty of those 50 beds are in the assisted-living wing and 20 are in the memory-care wing, which will house residents with dementia or the early to middle stages of Alzheimer's disease.

In the assisted-living wing, monthly rent on suites will run from $1,495 to $1,995. Amenities include weekly maid service, a weekly wellness clinic, three meals per day, a cafe with a snack shop and ice cream parlor, a hair salon and gift shop, free laundry room, common areas with living and dining rooms, an enclosed courtyard and a private dining room. For an additional $350 a month, residents can receive medication supervision, housekeeping, bathing, grooming, dressing assistance and other services.

Suites in the memory-care wing run from $1,995 a month to $2,595 a month. Services include those similar to the assisted-living facility, from medication supervision to grooming assistance, plus memory-focused social programs.

Trained staff is promised to be on-site 24 hours a day.

Chaplain services for residents and families also are available, and residents of all faiths are welcome, Koch said.

The management company received a certificate of occupancy from the county's Development Department in June. The land was zoned agricultural, so the company merely needed to obtain a special-exception permit from the Planning Department, which it did.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration recommended officials approve a license to operate the facility at the date of a survey, or inspection, said Kim Reed, agency spokeswoman.

The survey was conducted Jan. 24, Koch said. The management company has 14 similar facilities in eight states, including one in Lake Wales and Sebring near the center of the state and a new residence set to open in Clearwater this year.

"It is a caring Christian community, even though we take all faiths," Koch said. "The resident is first, unlike a corporation where the dollar is first."

For information, call CrownPointe at (352) 799-1422.