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Ground Breaking Set for June 5 for Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center

May 18, 2018

NORTH CONWAY, NH –    After years of planning and months of permitting and engineering, the Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center is set to break ground on June 5, 2018 at 10:30am at its East Main Street, Route 113 location in Conway, NH.  The project is a collaboration between Memorial Hospital’s Memorial Elder Health Services subsidiary and the Betty C. Ketchum Foundation.

Parking is available at the facility's construction site, which is located on an access road that is adjacent to the Journey Church off Route 113. Event Parking signs will guide participants to the site.

The ground breaking will be attended by Scott McKinnon, President & CEO of Memorial Hospital; Wendy Ketchum of the Betty C. Ketchum Foundation; Sue Ruka, RN, Director of Population Health from Memorial Hospital; plus representatives from the engineering, architectural and construction companies responsible for the building.  HEB Engineers of North Conway, NH was contracted for all of the site work and permitting. SMRT of Portland, ME has been tapped for architectural services. Landry French Construction of Scarborough, ME has been named construction manager. Community partners such as the Gibson Center will be in attendance, including their executive director George Cleveland.
 
“This project represents a major gift to the community and addresses an unmet need in our region. The Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center will serve the needs of the elderly population in need of memory care, and provide much needed respite for their caregivers,” stated McKinnon. “We are grateful to the Betty C. Ketchum Foundation. We could not do it without their support in building this facility.”
 
Sue Ruka added, “We conducted a feasibility study for the project in 2016 which identified a high demand for a service like this. NH is the second oldest state in the country, second only to Maine. The entire facility is being custom built to suit the needs of those with memory loss and cognitive and physical limitations. People with dementia are capable of experiencing joy.  The services and programs we will offer will be designed to help retain their level of cognitive functioning and also bring joy to their lives.”
 
The ground breaking is for the 14,000sf single-level building located off of Route 302 in Conway behind the Journey Church.  The rolling-contoured lot has mountain views to the Moats. In terms of design and appearance, the center will create a home-like experience in a safe environment. The setting is proposed to include an outdoor enclosed garden, a common room for group activities and socialization, a kitchen area and several small rooms for those needing a less stimulating environment. The facility will also feature fully equipped exercise and examination rooms, a spa with salon and massage fixtures, a quiet library reading room, year round porch, solarium and dining rooms in addition to administration and conference areas.
 
The Mount Washington Valley Adult Day will provide an array of memory-care services including structured activities, health monitoring, art and music therapy, socialization, and assistance with personal care and bathing.  It is slated for a June 2019 opening.
 
The plan is to operate five days a week for 10 hours a day Monday – Friday.  Services at the center are proposed to include:
  • therapeutic and recreational activities
  • transportation to and from a limited service area
  • meals including hot lunch and morning and afternoon snacks
  • standardized assessments to screen for depression and cognitive impairment
  • therapeutic programs and activities to address needs
  • assistance to participants and caregivers in communicating with health care providers
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) assistance (grooming, bathing, toileting, eating)
  • skilled nursing services (medication administration, wound care, injections)
  • evaluations for speech, swallowing, ambulation safety
  • social services including counseling and referral
  • geriatric health care navigation
  • participant and caregiver support and education
  • assistance with lab specimens and treatment
For more information about the Center, contact Sue Ruka at 603-356-5461 ext. 2194.

You can also find more information, including an email news alert sign up page, at www.memorialhospitalnh.org/adultdaycenter

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