Construction on the new Landings of Lake Gaston Assisted Living Community in Littleton is complete. The remaining steps to be checked off now are licensure, kitchen inspection, hiring staff and what should be the relatively simple matters of receiving bed linens and a few pieces of furniture, as well as getting the Town of Littleton to approve its sign for out front.
That means the 27,444 square-foot facility with 63 beds is on track to open some time in January.
Tours are already under way and there are still spots available. Of the 63 beds, 24 are reserved for secure assisted living for residents that need extra care, such as someone with dementia. The assisted living wing is for residents who are more independent or need little or minimal care.
“I’ve been really, really surprised at the interest in it this early on,” said Debra Richardson, the Landings of Lake Gaston director of new development and acquisition operations. “A lot of people called before we even got the building built. So now they’re starting to come in and choose their rooms.”
Richardson lives in High Point but hails from the area, so the 1976 Roanoke Rapids High School graduate has a good understanding of the area, and helped select the 204 N. Mosby Ave. location for Carolina Construction.
Richardson said so far the reaction of prospective residents and their families has been very positive.
“They’re so happy with the way it looks and how inviting it is and how home-like it is,” Richardson said. “There’s not another place like this anywhere. They’ve been very receptive to it and glad we came here because a lot of the lake people are bringing their parents. We’ve had some come from New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, because their children live at the lake. There’s no other place closer that's like this.”
Richardson, a former nurse and licensed administrator, uses her background in the field to inform her decisions, down to detail, on various operations throughout the senior living facilities she oversees.
An example of a feature of the Landings of Lake Gaston that you don’t find universally in assisted living is separate bedrooms even for the shared spaces. Private rooms are $3,200 per month and semi-private rooms are $2,800. For the semi-private rooms, the bedrooms are separated but residents share a bathroom. There’s also the option of a resident selecting both bedrooms and using the other vacant bedroom as a living space.
Each private room features a living area and bathroom with a shower seat.
Upon walking in the entrance of the building, visitors and residents are greeted by one of multiple fireplaces.
Immediately on the right is a library or activity room and on the left is a spacious lounge area. The right side of the building, facing the fireplace at the entrance, is designated for assisted living and the left side for secure assisted living.
The layout of each wing is essentially the same with the exception of the secure assisted living bedrooms featuring larger showers.
Each side features a dining room with restaurant-style service, a guest/lounge area and a courtyard.
The Landings of Lake Gaston also features an apothecary or care station for medication needs, a spa room, movie theater with a classic popcorn machine, and a beauty salon.
“That’s one of the most important things in any kind of community,” Richardson said of the salon. “Ladies and gentlemen love to get their hair done. We will be hopefully hiring someone from the local community to come in and run this beauty shop.”
The floors throughout the building are plank wood, adding to the inviting home-feel Richardson and company are going for, along with modern-style furniture.
As for COVID-19, the Landings of Lake Gaston is subject to requirements that come down from the state.
If it was open today, visits would be allowed by appointment and limited to a couple of people in a private area or outside. Everyone inside the building must wear a mask, temperatures are checked and staff changes it clothes upon arriving at work.
Social distancing in the dining rooms is a possibility but residents may also have to be served in their rooms.
“It’s going to be different,” Richardson said. “I’m hoping so much we get a vaccine or get this to go away so we can have life as usual because that’s what we need.”
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