By Grace Wyler
Windsor House, Inc., a local provider of nursing-home and assisted-living services, broke ground on its newest facility.
Windsor Estates Assisted Living, an $8.5 million project, will promote independent living while providing personal care to residents in a safe and comfortable environment, company officials said Monday.
The company plans to hire 30 employees to staff the new facility, scheduled to open in September 2011.
Located on Struthers Road in Springfield Township, Windsor Estates sits in front of the Masternick Memorial Health Care Center, a nursing home and rehabilitation center operated by Windsor.
The proximity to Masternick Memorial will give Windsor Estates’ residents access to the skilled- nursing and short-term rehabilitation services available at the health-care center, said John Masternick, Windsor chief executive.
“[Windsor Estates] is on the same site as the nursing home so all of the services will be available,” Masternick said.
“All of the resources will be on one campus.”
The new facility is “exactly in between independent living and a nursing-home system,” he added.
Windsor Estates will feature 54 apartments and spacious common areas, including a private dining room and an activity room.
The facility also will have a full-service kitchen, a club room and a beauty and barber salon.
Each unit will be equipped with a kitchenette, wall-to-wall carpeting and individually controlled heating and air-conditioning systems.
All the first-floor units already have been reserved, Masternick said.
Demand for assisted- living facilities such as Windsor Estates is rising, he said, thanks to the Mahoning Valley’s aging population and a consumer-driven shift away from a nursing-home model.
New Middletown is “one of the last underserved markets in the area,” Masternick added.
Windsor House continues to explore growth opportunities, Masternick said.
The company owns and operates 11 nursing homes and two assisted-living facilities.