Proposed facility awaits financing approval
By Norma Jean Fochs
A meeting to further explore the development of a new facility by the Iola Living Assistance organization was held Thursday, Oct. 6, at Living Oaks Assisted Living in Iola.
The Iola Living Assistance (ILA) Board, CEO Greg Loeser, Attorney Bruce Meagher and Sen. Luther Olsen met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) who are involved in making the financing recommendations. Business accounting consultants for the project were involved via a conference line to provide details and input as needed.
According to Loeser, the purpose of the meeting was to define next steps in the process to prepare the financing proposal for recommendation.
“It was helpful for the involved parties to come together to clarify what needs to be achieved to move this project forward,” Loeser said. “We appreciate Sen. Olsen taking the time to attend this meeting and lend his support and understanding to our exploration process.”
“The project itself is essential to make the offerings of the organization competitive within the market,” he said. “The ultimate goal is to sustain the availability of senior housing and long-term care for this community and surrounding rural areas we serve.”
If USDA financing is approved, Iola Living Assistance will construct a new, modern, replacement facility. The proposed location is adjacent to the Iola Living Assistance Residential Care Apartment Complexes (RCAC) known as Living Oaks.
As planned, the new 43,000-square-foot facility would have a 50-bed capacity. The new building design will embrace and support resident centered care as one of the most significant ways to improve the resident’s quality of life.
The components of the new construction will include: Small home like settings with private rooms and private baths; peaceful atmosphere with inviting common areas; state of the art therapy areas promoting rehab-to-home; personalized space; enhanced dining and activities; clinical support and community support settings; strong relationships among residents and staff via consistent staff assignments; freedom of movement and access to outdoors; workspaces designed for efficiency.
Upon completion of the new project, the current facility would then be repurposed as a Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) for individuals with cognitive impairments. It would feature 13 private rooms for residents and continue to house shared services of the business office, a full production kitchen and a laundry area.