Doors open at assisted living home Monday

Workers battled a constant drizzle and sometimes heavy downpour on Monday to get the 20-unit Legacy Lodge ready for the first residents of Killdeer’s new assisted living facility.

The residents  are scheduled to move in on Monday, according to Pam Paul, manager of the new facility.

Paul said the public has shown great interest in Legacy Lodge, which will keep residents of Killdeer, Halliday, Dunn Center, Manning and Grassy Butte in their home community as they age.

“We are hopeful we will be able to fill it soon,” Paul said.

The hailstorm that hit the area in July slammed the new resident hall hard, putting construction six weeks behind schedule. Although nobody had lived in the facility, carpets had to be replaced after hail broke windows on the west side of the building, leaving glass shards in the flooring.

“We could not remove all of the glass, so we had to replace the flooring to be safe,” Paul said.

The roof and siding also had to be replaced.

The Lodge features 20 apartments, including 10 one-bedroom apartments and 10 two-bedroom apartments. All the units have fully furnished kitchens with stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers, and each unit has its own washer and dryer.

“As part of the basic rate, we will launder the sheets in each apartment weekly, if the tenant wants that,” Paul said.

The basic rate also includes lunch and supper, but breakfast is not available at this time.

And the carpenters aren’t the only ones who have been busy. Landscapers are onsite now, planting shrubs and evergreens, as well as sodding the front lawn and seeding on the west side.

A walking path that connects to sidewalks around the Hill Top Home of Comfort is in place, so daily walks on a level pathway should be easy.

Sheila Murphy, president of the Hill Top Heritage Foundation board, said board members and staff have been busy choosing furnishings for the facility.

“We have chosen unique furnishing and an eclectic décor for common areas, in an effort to keep it from looking institutional,” she said.

The common areas include a large dining area, a well-planned kitchen, an exercise room, and an activity room that can be used by both residents and their families for events and celebrations.

The board is working on the open house for the facility because it is anxious to show it off to the public, Murphy said.

Paul said anyone interested in touring the facility should contact her at the HTHC.

Fayleen Fischer, executive director of the Foundation board, said anyone who is interested in donating to the assisted living facility should contact her at 764-2711 or drop off donations with Shari Barnes at American Bank Center.

Fischer added that the proceeds from the foundation’s annual steak fry and auction will go to the lodge.

The steak fry is scheduled for Oct. 22 at the High Plains Culture Center, with dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m.  and the auction to follow.

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