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Woonsocket Health & Rehab opens assisted living unit

May 6, 2012

The Beacon Hill Assisted Living Community has a 40-bed capacity in cozy, personalized quarters with an assortment of frills, including a handsome library, a common kitchenette stocked with snacks and rooms for private functions, games, and group activities. (photo/Ernest A. Brown)

WOONSOCKET — Times never stop changing in the healthcare business, and the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center keeps changing along with them.
The latest update for the 262 Poplar St. facility is the creation of a new assisted living unit, designed to give comparatively healthy individuals a housing option that still provides the security of backup nursing care, if needed.
The Beacon Hill Assisted Living Community has a 40-bed capacity in cozy, personalized quarters with an assortment of frills, including a handsome library, a common kitchenette stocked with snacks and rooms for private functions, games, and group activities.
“It’s a place where people can come and still enjoy their lives,” says Robinn Brooks-Mancini, administrator of facility operations. “They can still have their vehicles and participate in all the activities they want to outside.”
Assisted living, a term that came into vogue some three decades ago, is a kind of mid-level care that straddles a line somewhere between full-fledged nursing care and robust, everyday life, unhampered by medical concerns.
For individuals who may need a little help managing their prescriptions, personal hygiene chores, or even getting dressed, assisted living might be the right choice.
As the average length of hospitalizations continues to shrink and the legions of baby boomers become the new elders, the demand for increasingly customized, non-hospital healthcare settings continues to grow, says Peter Pezzelli, vice president of marketing for the health center.
“Assisted living has become more prevalent,” he says. “Twenty or thirty years ago, there was only one option in a nursing home. As the population grows, the spectrum of needs is totally different.”
Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Centre was established as a 288-bed nursing facility in 1975. Today, the family-run business has just 150 traditional nursing beds, plus the new Beacon Hill Assisted Living Community.
The health center has just begun accepting applications for the assisted living wing.
Assisted living has a reputation for being rather pricey in some areas, but Pezzelli says the health center’s units are an affordable option designed to meet budgets in line with the local market.
Rooms can be furnished to suit married couples, individuals willing to double up with a roommate, or live singly. Generally, private and semi-private rooms are about 250 square feet and come with a private lavette. There’s also a larger suite available, an apartment-like configuration of three rooms, including a bedroom, a sitting room and a full bath.
The Beacon Community is located in a just-remodeled section of the nursing facility. The halls are covered with fresh-looking, wood-laminate floors, and rooms are painted in comfortable but lively shades of celery green, apricot and wheat.
Located on a cul-de-sac at the end of Poplar Street, the facility is nestled in a shady pocket of trees where residents can always find an inviting spot on the neatly manicured grounds to chat with friends or enjoy the fresh air.
To schedule a private tour, call 401-765-2100 or email at info@beaconhillassistedliving.com

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