"It takes a lot of work to bring a 30-year-old building up to state code," said Sheila House, who will become the administrator for TrueCare, and who is overseeing the transition of the building and facility.
Improvements that have already been made to the building, formerly known as The Playce, include the construction of a one-hour rated fire wall from foundation to the roof line and from exterior wall to exterior wall and the addition of smoke barrier doors on all three floors.
The fire alarm system has been upgraded with additional smoke detectors added, and all interior sprinkler heads have been replaced with quick response heads. The exterior of the building now offers sprinklers as well.
Brand new steel fire escapes have been added to the north and south ends of the structure, and cameras, both inside and outside the facility, have been doubled. Additionally, window coverings throughout are being replaced with flame-retardant faux wood mini-blinds and roller shades.
The backup generator system will be upgraded to automatically transfer power on during an electric outage.
"That's not all," said House. "We have installed delayed egress on all exits, which automatically release when the fire alarm sounds. Coded keypads have been added for entry into the building, making the building secure, especially for our future memory care residents.
"Much of the remodel that is taking place is for the comfort and enjoyment of future residents," continued House. "A gathering room on the first floor has been added that will house a large screen television, electric fireplace, sofas, recliners, swivel chairs and a game table. The large rooms on the south end of the building, on the second and third floors, are being turned into resident use areas as well.
"There will be plenty of room for families and residents to gather, socialize and participate in activities," added House. "A baby grand piano has even been added to the first floor. TrueCare believes music is a joyous event."
TrueCare Assisted Living and Memory Care will offer a home-like environment for seniors who need various levels of assistance, have memory issues, who are looking for a safe, social and secure environment or who simply no longer wish to live alone. Adult day care and respite care will also be offered.
Still a few months from completion, House is projecting a February or March, 2013, opening date.