Groundbreaking expansion at The Village at Sprenkle Drive assisted living

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Carolyn McNamara, Communications Manager – Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania, (York, PA) – Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania (LSS) is proud to announce the expansion of The Village at Sprenkle Drive, 1802 Folkemer Circle in York. To meet the needs of an ever-growing senior population, LSS plans to incorporate memory support services and assisted living into the Lutheran Social Services continuum of care. A ceremonial groundbreaking will take place Thursday, October 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Attendance at the groundbreaking is by invitation only and will include residents, staff, donors and community leaders, plus members of the news media.

“The ceremonial groundbreaking for the expansion at Sprenkle Drive will really serve as the kick off in many respects for our $4.5 million capital campaign for the project,” said Glenn Miller, LSS vice president of Philanthropy. “We will be working in the advance phase of the campaign through the end of the year, with a public phase beginning in January. We are delighted to have our Campaign Cabinet led by Honorary Co-Chairs Tony Campisi and Tom Norris and Co-Campaign Chairs Rob Bowen and Joe Crosswhite. It’s an exciting moment in LSS history and an exciting opportunity to invite our friends to join us in achieving our goal.”

“It is our belief that The Village at Sprenkle Drive is the ideal location to provide our first assisted living residence and the first memory support residence in our system constructed specifically to meet the needs of residents with dementia,” said Angela Dohrman, vice president of LSS Senior Living. “We are excited to have received board approval to build 24 memory support and 24 assisted living units as part of the initial phase of a multi-phase project to expand the Sprenkle Drive campus. We are equally excited that the board also approved plans to expand the Glatfelter Center so we can enhance services for our residents.”

“Development of this project is consistent with our strategic goal to position LSS for the future,” explained Robert L. Rundle, LSS president & CEO. “The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that nearly 50% of all individuals aged 85 and older are affected by some form of dementia. This project addresses the evolving need for support of those with memory loss or dementia in a supportive neighborhood setting and will keep the Sprenkle Drive community viable into the future.”

The Assisted Living component will meet design and space requirements, in accordance with Pennsylvania Assisted Living regulations. The project will include two 12-unit assisted living households and two 12-unit memory support households within separate one-story buildings. Each will be constructed adjacent to the Glatfelter Center. Each household will include a living room, dining room, country kitchen and core utility spaces. Shared community space will include meeting and large activity space, a fitness/exercise/rehab center and a larger informal, casual dining room. All rooms and common spaces will be Wi-Fi and internet ready.

Each individual unit will consist of a living space, kitchenette, private bathroom and private bedroom. Memory support specific units also will include private rooms and a bath. This addition will allow residents to age-in-place in a supportive, health care setting where their changing needs can be adequately addressed on a 24-hour basis.

The new assisted living care model will be based upon a person-centered approach to care in which a familiar team of caregivers will attend to the daily living needs of residents within each neighborhood and household. The secure living area reflects the latest research in environmental design for dementia care, including attention to way-finding and safety. The neighborhood also will include a secure courtyard and garden with walking paths both internally and externally.

Changes to the Glatfelter Center include expansion of the dining room and wellness space, plus a new community room. The expansion will provide adequate space to accommodate the increase in the overall number of residents and also to meet the increasing programming expectations of current and future residents.

The total projected cost for Phase I is $13.4 million. The project will be funded partially through $4.5 million of Capital Campaign proceeds. Phase I is expected to be completed in late fall 2014 or spring 2015, depending on construction approvals and weather.

Future phases of the project will include more renovations of the Glatfelter Center, construction of additional apartments adjacent to the Center and renovation and reconfiguration of the skilled nursing center.

The Village at Sprenkle Drive opened in the fall of 1993. It provided senior living accommodations in 76 cottages, 16 apartments and a 104-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. Over the course of the next ten years 42 more cottages were added. In 1998, the Glatfelter Center opened, providing not only a beautiful, spacious community gathering area, but six additional apartments on the second floor. This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Village at Sprenkle Drive.