Assisted living facility could come to Bluffton

gsmith@islandpacket.comFebruary 14, 2013 

This Brunswick, Ga. Benton House is slated to open soon. The assisted living facility planned for Bluffton will look similar.

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An Atlanta company hopes to build an assisted-living home for seniors in Bluffton, with special units for those who have Alzheimer's disease and other types of memory impairment.

Principal Senior Living Partners has nearly 20 facilities in five states, including one in Anderson. The company has submitted plans to the town of Bluffton to build a new one on 7.54 acres south of the Bluffton Parkway, near the entrance to the Hampton Lake community.

The single-story building would be 41,364 square feet, according to plans submitted to the town.

Kyle Diekmann, partner with Principal Senior Living Partners, said the facility would include 59 units, 12 of them for seniors with memory impairment and the remainder for seniors who need a little extra help.

"These would be people not comfortable living at home any longer but who don't need 24-hour medical care, nursing kind of care," he said. "A lot of people just need al little assistance with bathing, grooming, meal preparation."

For seniors with memory impairment, "you want to have a structured schedule and not throw a lot of new things at them. They find comfort in a routine."

For those seniors, the facility would offer a variety of programs and some comforting routines they're familiar with, such as folding towels taken out of dryers and sorting mail.

The cost will be about $3,000 to $4,000 monthly, depending on the apartment and the level of care required, he said.

Bluffton's development review committee has asked the company to conduct a traffic study, improve stormwater drainage and make other changes.

Diekmann said work is underway to meet those requests, with the aim of opening the facility early next year.

Anthony Barrett, Bluffton's town manager, said two assisted-living facilities already operate in the town.

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