Preparations to open a Living Independently For the Elderly center in Hampden Township in February are progressing on schedule, according to LIFE Lutheran Services.
The 30,000 square-foot facility at 1920 Good Hope Road, formerly Shaull Elementary School, is being renovated by Maryland-based Morgan-Keller Construction. It will include an activity room; an eight-bed facilitative medical clinic staffed by a physician, nurse practitioner and registered nurses; and a therapy department staffed by physical, occupational and speech therapists.
It also will include a dedicated dementia unit with an enclosed outdoor courtyard, staffed by dementia-care specialists. Kim Conrad, who will manage the center once it opens, said that is unusual for LIFE Centers.
The center, which is expected to serve about 100 people, will have its own fleet of buses to transport participants. Supplemental in-home and contracted services also will be offered.
“There is a great opportunity and need there for our kind of services,” said Bruce Ashbaugh, executive director of LIFE Lutheran Services. “We also have the potential for future interaction and partnerships with other health care providers in the area.”
A ministry of York-based Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania, LIFE works to help adults age 55 and older live safely in their homes through coordinated delivery of health and social services.