Come wind, rain or high water, Signature Senior Living is determined to provide quality assisted living services to the elderly of Ellis County. Most recently, wind was the obstacle to overcome in the construction of what will soon be known locally as Buffalo Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Center.
Workers on the building site at 1329 Brown St. were in for a surprise Wednesday afternoon when unexpected gusts of wind swept through the construction area.
“It wasn’t a real big deal,” said contractor Craig Dickey with Resource Construction. “It’s typical to have something like this happen. We just had a freak wind blow through just as we put up a section. The wind knocked down about 20 trusses, but it shouldn’t cause any setback. We’ve ordered the new section and are back at work.”
The assisted living center, projected for completion in early spring, will be comprised of 52 apartments and will house up to 60 residents.
A private pay facility, the center promises quality care for those unable to live completely independently but who do not need the intensive environment of a 24-hour skilled nursing facility.
“We want to give seniors a choice,” said Linda Martin, co-founder, president and chief operating officer of Signature Senior Living, during a luncheon organized to introduce the community to the facility. “We believe in respecting our elders and their choice to live as they please.”
The community will offer assisted living services as well as memory care services.
Base level assisted living services will include a trained staff available 24 hours a day, three well-balanced meals with menu choices, snacks throughout the day, Internet caf/, weekly housekeeping and laundry service, recreational activities planned by a dedicated life enrichment coordinator, exercise programs, routine maintenance, assistance with scheduling transportation, well-maintained grounds with a secured courtyard, a choice of apartments with full baths and kitchenettes, private dining room, fire safety system, washers and dryers available for personal use and a beauty/barber shop.
The staff will also offer assistance with hygiene, grooming and dressing, medication management, assistance with toileting or incontinence, aid with eating and help with bathing.
A concierge service will be available for requests including, but not limited to, weekly delivery of fresh flowers to a loved one, letter writing, gift shopping and in-room coffee and newspaper service.
“It’s our saying that we want to spoil our residents every day in every way,” Martin said.
Residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia receive the same quality of care and service, she said, saying the staff works to help each resident live life to the fullest by engaging them in activities and programming throughout the day, which is designed to enhance their independence and quality of life.
Signature Senior Living’s memory care units are specially designed to provide a secure, home-like environment in which each resident can live at his or her utmost potential, Martin said. “We work with home health to keep residents in their home.”
During the luncheon, Signature Senior Living vice president of sales and marketing Elaine Sinor described her impression of the services and care that will be provided at Buffalo Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Center.
“I think of it as a five-star hotel with really great customer service,” she said. “And they call the atmosphere and d/cor ‘elegant Texas’ or ‘Texas lodge.’”
Though the facility is primarily private pay, the staff at Buffalo Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Center will assist veterans in finding out what housing benefits are available in covering the cost of living at the center.
“We plan to work closely with the V.A. (Veteran’s Administration) and representatives in the community,” Martin said. “Most veterans aren’t aware that they might be eligible for these types of benefits and we want to work with them to make sure that they are receiving the benefits they deserve.”
Applications are available and deposits have been accepted for those wishing to be the first to move into the facility next year.