Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center
WHO WILL THE CENTER SERVE AND WHAT PROGRAMS WILL IT OFFER?
The Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center will serve those with memory loss and cognitive and physical limitations. It 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.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT HOW TO ENROLL?
You do not need a provider referral to attend the Center but we do require enrollment in advance along with appropriate release of medical information to ensure appropriateness of setting and quality of care. We are not yet accepting enrollments but you can contact us for more information by calling Sue Ruka at 603-356-5461 ext. 2194. For the latest news, you can sign up for our email list at www.memorialhospitalnh.org/adultdaycenter.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE FOR PERMITTING & CONSTRUCTION?
The facility will see a ground breaking in spring 2018 and an anticipated opening in summer 2019.
WHO WILL OPERATE THE FACILITY?
The Mount Washington Valley Adult Day Center will be operated by Memorial Elder Health Services, a subsidiary of Memorial Hospital, under a 10-year renewable lease agreement with the Betty C. Ketchum Foundation.
WHAT SCHEDULE WILL IT OPERATE?
The plan is to operate five days a week for 10 hours a day Monday – Friday. Guest attendance will be by advance reservation only as proper staffing levels are critical to ensure the best possible experience.
WHAT WILL IT COST TO ATTEND?
The program is anticipated to offer affordable rates and potential financial support for participants may come from private family resources, long-term care insurance, veteran’s benefits, Medicaid, state of NH caregiver grants and fundraising efforts. Rates are not yet finalized but will be approx. $40 for a half day or $75 for a full day. These rates are consistent with other Adult Day Centers located in the region. Transportation costs are yet to be determined.
HOW MANY JOBS WILL THE CENTER CREATE?
The Center will employ anywhere from 5-15 staff as its operations ramp up. Dedicated staffing at the center would include:
- RN Administrator
- Clinical staff (RN)
- Qualified providers of therapeutic activities
- Administrative support
WHAT SERVICES WILL BE OFFERED?
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
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WHAT ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES OF THE FACILITY AND ITS SITE?
The 14,000sf single-level building is located off of Route 302 in Conway behind the Journey Church. The rollingcontoured lot has mountain views to the Moats. In terms of design and appearance, the center will create a homelike 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.
WHO ARE THE CONTRACTORS FOR THE PROJECT?
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.
WHAT IS THE BETTY C. KETCHUM FOUNDATION?
Betty Ketchum was a long-time resident of the Merriman House at Memorial Hospital where she received compassionate and skilled nursing care in her later years until her passing. Born and raised in Trenton, N.J., Betty was the only child of George Corliss and Mabel Brown Crossley. She was educated at the George School of Newtown, Pa., and was a 1943 graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in art history. She was married for 57 years to Dr. William Francis Ketchum, who passed away on April 6, 2003, and they raised three children together. For many years she was the dietary supervisor at the Glover Memorial Hospital in Needham, as well as office manager at Nauset Engineering in Lincoln, Mass. She was well regarded in both positions as a quick study, conscientious employee, and a pleasant personality. Her strong, independent spirit is greatly missed by all who knew her. Attorney Ken Cargill is the contact for the Betty C. Ketchum Foundation.
WHAT IS MEMORIAL ELDER CARE SERVICES?
Memorial Elder Care Services is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Memorial Hospital. Memorial Hospital created the subsidiary to hold both the Adult Day Center and Merriman House, the hospital’s 45 bed nursing home.
Conway Sun Press Conference
Watch the press conference with the Conway Sun announcing the our plans to open an adult day center in 2019.