Af­ford­able se­nior hous­ing now avail­able in Sp. Fork

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Af­ford­able se­nior hous­ing can be as elu­sive as Big­foot. The se­nior cit­i­zen pop­u­la­tion is ex­plod­ing, and find­ing suit­able hous­ing at a rea­son­able price is dif­fi­cult at best. One lo­cal com­pany is try­ing to com­bat this grow­ing con­cern.

Sun­rise Home Health and Hospice has been serv­ing Utah County for the past 12 years. Dur­ing that time pe­riod, owner Matt Baker has seen many in­stances where se­niors would have ben­e­fited from the ex­tra sup­port of a se­nior living com­mu­nity, but the cost of such a fa­cil­ity was be­yond their means. He de­cided to tackle the prob­lem.

Sun­rise bought an ex­ist­ing apart­ment build­ing (which was con­verted from an old school) at 215 E. 100 North in Span­ish Fork and has made ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions to make it se­nior friendly. The in­te­rior of the build­ing has re­ceived a stunning remodel through­out. The fi­nal phase of the ren­o­va­tion will be com­pleted in early spring, which in­cludes a beau­ti­ful com­mon area where home-cooked meals are served, a video game room for vis­it­ing grand­chil­dren (or par­tic­u­larly hip grand­mas), a ban­quet room for fam­ily gath­er­ings, a TV and video view­ing room, a grand pi­ano and a li­brary. The out­side of the build­ing will be get­ting a facelift and up­dated land­scap­ing once the weather warms up a bit.

When Sun­rise planned the ameni­ties of­fered to the se­niors who live in the com­mu­nity, care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion was given to help all res­i­dents main­tain an in­de­pen­dent life­style. Ameni­ties in­clude 24/7 live-in care man­agers, dining ser­vice, pill min­ders, call pen­dants, gen­eral trans­porta­tion, laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties, house­keep­ing, a se­cure build­ing, so­cial and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, ad­di­tional stor­age space and in-home vis­its from med­i­cal per­son­nel. All-in­clu­sive apart­ment rates start at $1,200 for a stu­dio, $1,400 for a 1-bed­room and a 2-bed­room is $1,600. There are a limited num­ber of apart­ments avail­able, so call Pam at 801-798-2600 if you would like to take a tour or ask any ques­tions. We are proud to have this new fa­cil­ity as part of our com­mu­nity.

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