Jewish Senior Life breaks ground on $83 million housing project
Brighton, N.Y. - Jewish Senior Life, a senior health and wellness organization, is investing $83 million to transform its long-term care housing into a home setting for residents and expand transitional care to meet a growing need.
It is one of the region's largest construction projects of 2016.
Jewish Senior Life is transforming its Brighton campus by building nine small homes consisting of three, three-story buildings, with a home on each floor. The developments will be built under the Green House Project model.
Units include private rooms and bathrooms with a community dining area.
"Oh, it's very exciting, very exciting," said Susan Howell, who currently lives in The Jewish Home. "We're just thrilled grateful and thankful for this project."
The Jewish Home will also be renovated in that same model.
"It's more individualized," said Susan Price, the person-center care manager at Jewish Senior Living. "With twelve residents [in each house], it's better than 44. It's more home-like. That's what we're trying to incorporate."
Price says it's a sign of a trend: Moving away from the traditional nursing home - with what some residents call "a hospital feel," and giving seniors options for independent living.
"It's important for every resident to be independent as possible," Howell said. "The new environment that we'll be moving into will allow us to use our independence to the fullest extent."
This comes as Monroe County's aging population grew 31 percent above the overall state average for persons between 60-84, according to statistics from ACT Rochester.
"People want more choices," Price said. "People are retiring and don't want to do the same things that we've been doing. It's kind of a different path that we've going on. So, I think it'll be more options for them."
The project is expected to be completed by February of 2019 and is projected to create 300 construction jobs.