Woodford County

Building at Wesley Village is modeled after new concept

A Wilmore facility for seniors has started construction on a $1.7 million building based on principles similar to the Green House Project model that another facility hopes to use in Midway.

This spring, Wesley Village Senior Living Community in Wilmore broke ground for a "small home for memory care" designed for those with Alzheimer's disease. The house is being framed now, and trusses will be up soon, said Alan Beuscher, vice president for community relations.

The home will provide all the functions of a traditional nursing home without the institutional look and feel. Beuscher said studies show that people with memory concerns do better when living in familiar surroundings with a living room, dining room, private bedrooms, private baths and access to outdoor gardens and walkways.

The concept was pioneered in 2003 under the name "Green Houses" at a United Methodist retirement community in Tupelo, Miss. More than 200 small homes are operating or close to opening in 26 states. No more than 10 seniors live in each home, and two certified nursing assistants are always on duty to help with activities of daily living.

Christian Care Communities hopes to use this concept at its facility in Midway. And Wesley Village will use a similar "small home" design at its new building, which should open for residents next year, Beuscher said.

Wesley Village opened in 1995 as a not-for-profit senior living community affiliated with the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church. It has 77 patio homes and 40 apartments.