Friday, September 28, 2012

The Homeplace at Midway comes closer to reality, with additional funding commitments

The long-awaited and sometimes-sidetracked plan to build a community for seniors in Midway has come much closer to reality in the last few weeks, as the developer received a $300,000 challenge grant, local pledges totaling $100,000, and conditional approval for a federal loan to build The Homeplace at Midway.

“This significant new funding support moves us closer to developing the next generation of elder care – a truly person-centered care community – in Midway, fostering the transformation of long-term care in Kentucky,” Dr. Keith Knapp, president and chief executive officer of Louisville-based Christian Care Communities, said in a press release.

Knapp thanked the Mary K. Oxley Foundation of Tulsa for its challenge grant, and the Woodford Health Foundation and Midway Presbyterian Church for their pledges of $50,000 each. He complimented the Rural Development staff of the Kentucky office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for guiding his non-profitcompany through the application for a low-interest loan under the Rural Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.

The project needs to raise another $400,000 by the end of the year to take full advantage of the loan's favorable terms, said John Greely, owner of Wintergreen Stallion Station and head of the fund-raising campaign. “We are extremely grateful to the more than 500 individuals, numerous foundations and corporations that have brought us to within reach of the bulldozer arriving on the site,” he said in the release.

The Homeplace at Midway is to be built on 31 acres across from the entrance to Midway College, which will have a cooperative arrangement through its nursing program. The facility is to be Kentucky’s first Green House community, part of "de-institutionalization effort designed to restore individuals to a home in the community by combining small homes with the full range of personal care and clinical services expected in high-quality nursing homes," according to the Green House Project. (Click on illustration for larger version)

"Plans for The Homeplace at Midway include two skilled nursing cottages for 23 residents in need of short-term rehabilitation or long-term care; a 12-bed Memory/Personal Care cottage for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia; and a 12-bed Assisted Living cottage for residents who need periodic assistance with daily living activities," the press release said. "Future plans include the addition of an Adult Day Care program and independent living duplexes to complement the initial resident cottages."

Helen Rentch, chair of the Midway Nursing Home Task Force, said in the press release, “This design moves the whole concept of caring for Older Adults from the established, medical model to an approach that is more residential in scale, honors people’s privacy more appropriately and relies more heavily on the importance of relationships among care givers and recipients. Residents of The Homeplace at Midway will enjoy their own private bedroom and bath while sharing all other areas of the cottage, including the kitchen. It is all designed to promote freedom from the limitations of an institutional schedule.”

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