DEVILS LAKE, ND, May 02, 2011 -- Lake Region Lutheran Home, Inc. is breaking ground today on a $7.8 million memory care unit expansion and renovation of its Heartland Care Center. Through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program, the project will have financing to add more than 16,000 square feet to the 74-bed nursing facility.
“The new addition will provide a safe and secure environment for individuals afflicted by dementia,” said Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development State Director. “With an aging population, it is critical to re-invest in our long-term care facilities to provide comfortable living options close to family and friends.”
The project will renovate and expand the Care Center by adding two additions. The first addition will include 11,100 square feet for a 16-bed memory loss unit designed to provide optimum care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia. Another 5,300 square feet will be added for a multi-purpose room and office space. In conjunction with the expansion, an additional 17,593 square feet will be remodeled. There will be further upgrades for life-safety considerations such as automatic fire sprinklers, ADA compliancy and energy efficiency; mechanical and electrical upgrades; and improved aesthetics.
“We are very excited to be breaking ground on our Alzheimer's Unit,” said Karissa Olson, Administrator of Heartland Care Center. “This unit is crucial as we will finally be able to provide the continuum of care the people in our community deserve."
The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2012 with the total cost estimated at $7,833,857. USDA Rural Development provided a $3,861,973 direct loan and a $3,861,973 guaranteed loan through Ramsey National Bank and Trust of Devils Lake and the Bank of North Dakota. Lake Region Lutheran Home contributed the remaining funds.