HRH sprucing up senior living quarters

Holy Rosary Healthcare CEO Paul Lewis speaks to Extended Care residents during a groundbreaking ceremony May 30 for senior living enhancements at HRH. The multi-phase projects includes a canopy-covered new entrance to extended care, a lobby and activities area, a private suite for hospice patients and families and other cosmetic enhancements. (Star photo by Steve Allison)


The senior living facility at Holy Rosary Healthcare is getting a makeover, part of a multi-phase project to enhance the living experience for residents.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in May for phase one of the project, which will include a canopy-covered entrance to the existing extended care/senior living community. Also scheduled for phase one will be a an inviting lobby and activities area for family gatherings and events, a private suite dedicated to accommodating the individual needs of hospice patients and their families, and aesthetic enhancements to produce a welcoming environment, reminiscent of home. 

“In June 2013, HRH introduced their vision of an ideal senior living community – spacious, comfortable and inviting, while offering additional privacy and activity space – for seniors and their families,” said an HRH press release. “This multi-phased project involves remodeling and repurposing existing space and exploring new services and growth to enhance local senior care options. In partnership with local contractor, The Jackson Contractor Group, along with the generous giving of community donors, the initial upgrades are projected to be completed by year’s end.”

Jessica Kuipers, Communications and Marketing Coordinator at HRH, said the project is going smoothly.

“The staff and residents down in our senior living community are very excited for the changes and updates being made,” she said. “The biggest part of the project is we are putting on their own entrance down on that [northeast] end of the building. There are lots of great things going on in that area.”

Kuipers said the extended care is changing over to a residential living facility with expanded services and hospice care. In the future HRH is hoping to add assisted living as well. She praised the HRH Foundation for helping to generate funds for the expansion.

“The foundation has been instrumental in helping to raise the funds for these projects,” Kuipers said. “Holy Rosary has identified senior living as our population ages as a huge need in our community. We want to keep expanding on that need.”

Feedback from staff and residents has been very positive as the changes are being made, and Kuipers is glad that part of the building is receiving some much-needed attention.

“Some of our staff has been here for 10-20 years, and they’ve gotten to really know these residents and their families,” she said. “Putting in this communal activity room for families will enable families to have little parties and get-togethers, and I think that is very important when you think of this place as someone’s home. We want to give them the best quality of life that we possibly can.”