Lexington, KY, Sep 27, 2012 -- Christian Care Communities’ initiative to build The Homeplace at Midway – Kentucky’s first Green House community – has taken another major step forward with the awarding of a $300,000 challenge grant from the Mary K. Oxley Foundation, new commitments of $50,000 each by the Woodford Health Foundation and Midway Presbyterian Church, and news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development that the project has been conditionally approved for a low-interest loan for $11.4 million through the agency’s Community Facilities Direct Loan Program.
“This significant new funding support moves us closer to developing the next generation of elder care – a truly person-centered care community – in Midway, fostering the transformation of long-term care in Kentucky,” said Dr. Keith Knapp, president and chief executive officer of Christian Care Communities. “We’re very grateful to the Oxley Foundation, the Woodford Health Foundation and Midway Presbyterian Church for their generous financial support as we continue our work to attract the seed money to bring The Homeplace at Midway to life. And the staff of the USDA’s Kentucky office has been absolutely wonderful in guiding us through the competitive loan application process successfully. The fact that this project was so well-suited to the intent of the agency’s loan program – to improve health care access in small communities – was certainly fortunate and timely.”
As the first Green House community in Kentucky, The Homeplace at Midway will provide Older Adults in Woodford and surrounding counties with care close to home. It will be located on 31 acres in Midway, across from the entrance of Midway College.
“Our vision is to create small households of care,” said Dr. Knapp, who noted that The Homeplace at Midway will be a radical departure from traditional nursing homes and assisted living facilities. “It will mean that Older Adults can receive the highest quality medical care and personal support in daily living activities without feeling their lives are being disrupted or overtaken.”
Plans for The Homeplace at Midway include two skilled nursing cottages for 23 residents in need of short-term rehabilitation or long-term care; a 12-bed Memory/Personal Care cottage for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia; and a 12-bed Assisted Living cottage for residents who need periodic assistance with daily living activities. Future plans include the addition of an Adult Day Care program and independent living duplexes to complement the initial resident cottages.
Tom Fern, state director for USDA Rural Development, said the new facility will be an innovative partnership between Midway College and The Homeplace at Midway that will greatly benefit residents in Woodford and surrounding counties.
“USDA’s Community Facilities Program helps rural communities like Midway obtain the services needed to attract business and create economic opportunities,” said Fern. “Christian Care Communities is to be commended for their commitment to providing quality, long-term care to residents in Kentucky’s rural communities. Projects such as this provide needed infrastructure in rural communities and contribute to the Obama Administration’s continued efforts to improve vital community services.”
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