Wishing Well Adult Day Health Care, LLC, has signed a long-term lease to operate the first adult medical day care facility in Mercer County to be located in 14,800 square feet of refit space at 3450 Princeton Pike in Lawrence Township. The facility is centrally located just south of the intersection of Princeton Pike and I-95 and is expected to open in December of 2014.
“This type of facility offers a choice to older adults who would like to continue to live at home or with family but need help during the day with the monitoring of their medical needs, socialization and transportation” says Lauri Names of Thompson Management, LLC, the building manager.
“This is a place where seniors will feel welcome and can get help with medical care, medication, and transportation and can participate in recreational activities. Transportation is always available to doctors’ appointments and other senior services. This new business model, which is specifically authorized by state regulations, provides the community with an alternative to assisted living. We were pleased that Lawrence embraced this new use, which received a use variance from the Zoning Board as an inherently beneficial use, and we are excited to be able to accommodate the use at 3450 Princeton Pike. ”
“We were pleased to find this valuable use for all but 2,000 square feet of the available space in this building and hope to fill the last available space with a medical professional that would complement this use. If there were a general practitioner, dentist, or chiropractor who would like to occupy the remaining vacancy, they would have a built-in client base and could serve these potential participants with easy access,” she says. “We would accept any permitted use the R2 Zone allows but feel this space is a perfect fit for someone in one of those professions.”
Wishing Well ADHC has been designed to provide quality of life to its participants, who will continue to live at home, promoting “aging in place” by assuring that clients receive supportive health and social services, including proper nourishment.
As planned, the facility will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., which allows for intermittent client arrivals and departures. The facility has a maximum 200 patron capacity.
There will be 8 to 10 passenger buses and pickup vans available on-site to provide transportation for patrons between their homes and the facility and to medical appointments and other activities during the day.
The facility will be constructed within an existing vacancy in the building, and the facility will meet the licensure requirements of the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services, and will comply with all regulations and construction code requirements as mandated by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Robert Murphy Architecture, an organization experienced in the development of adult day health care facilities, will provide the architectural services.
Wishing Well has retained the services of Harold Herskowitz, a renowned healthcare consultant who has an extensive background providing his expertise in senior care and in launching numerous similar adult day health care centers in New Jersey.
“The re-purposing of this vacant space to accommodate the Wishing Well facility was approved by the Lawrence Zoning Board, which immediately recognized the benefit to the community and need for these services in the township,” said city planner Christine Cofone. “The use will have no substantial detriments or adverse impacts to the neighboring community. With the population aging, the facility will allow for a better quality of life for the elderly and their caretakers.”
A 22-member staff will include an administrator, a director of nursing, an activities director, nurses, social workers, and activities staff. A dietitian and a nutritionist will also be available to design and oversee the food operations.
“We feel this is the wave of the future for administering assisted medical care and a way for seniors to remain at home without having to go into senior assisted facilities, while relieving some of the burden on extended family members,” Names says. “This is a valuable alternative to assisted living facilities.”
Thanks to Wishing Well, many seniors will be able to maintain their independence and dignity, and family caregivers will enjoy the peace of mind which comes from knowing that their loved one is receiving the appropriate level of care in a social setting.