Senior facility near completion |

Senior facility near completion

Eskaton Village of Grass Valley, a new senior housing community off Ridge Road in Grass Valley, could open in April, a representative for the gated community said this week.

The main building – a 146,000-square-foot facility – could open April 26, Trevor Hammond, Eskaton executive director for residential services, said Monday.

So far, 36 apartments in the main building – out of 137 – have been reserved, he said.

“We won’t be booked (in April) but we’re ahead of our schedule,” Hammond said. “I’m very pleased.”

Construction on 130 individual patio homes and a fitness center with an indoor swimming pool will begin this spring, Hammond said. Sares-Regis Group will build and sell the patio homes, he said.

Residents, all of whom will be 55 years of age or older, will receive varying degrees of services, including meals, transportation, house cleaning and other amenities.

Those who need the most care will receive assisted-living services – daily help with bathing, dressing and other needs.

Eskaton Village is not a nursing home and will not provide health care services, Hammond said. On average, people stay 2.5 years in assisted-living centers before they are transferred to a nursing home, Hammond said.

Residents who do not need as much care will live in 80 apartments in a separate wing.

Grass Valley’s three other assisted-living centers report 90 percent to close to 100 percent occupancy rates. Michael Ruggles of Quail Ridge Senior Living on Sutton Way underscored the need for such service.

“There is certainly plenty of room for all of us,” Ruggles said Tuesday.

Quail Ridge, opened 19 months ago and licensed for up 101 people, only has three open spaces in its Alzheimer’s unit, Ruggles said.

There are two other assisted-living centers in Grass Valley, Highgate Retirement Village on Sierra College Boulevard and Brunswick Inn on Olympia Park Road in the Glenbrook Basin.

Phil Reinheimer, director of the Nevada County Adult and Family Services, said Tuesday assisted-living centers are a major part of the county’s long-term care services plan.

The problem is that Medi-Cal, the health insurance for the low-income, does not cover assisted-living costs, Reinheimer said, which can run $3,000 or more a month.

“The more urgent need is accessibility for the low-income,” he said.

Eskaton residents could pay $2,500 to $3,400 a month for an apartment in its assisted-living wing, according to Eskaton. Those who do not need as much care could pay $1,976 to $2,548 a month.

The number of Americans 65 years of age or older is expected to double during the next 30 years to nearly 70 million, according to the National Council on Aging. In Nevada County, the number of residents ages 45 to 54 almost doubled since 1990 to 16,467 in 2000, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.

Eskaton, a nonprofit organization serving 15,000 seniors, is based in Carmichael.

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