Developer answers questions, garners input on proposed assisted living facility

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Above, Senior Vice President of Business Development John Noffsinger talks to Brazil residents Mary I. Hendrickson, Wilmadean Schepper and Charlie Wilson at Brazil City Hall on Thursday.

Before construction begins on the $7 million assisted living facility on South Murphy next year, local residents had the opportunity to provide input and ask questions at two meetings on Thursday at Brazil City Hall.

Questions varied from type of heating and shower arrangements to providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

"It's nice," said Brazil resident Wilmadean Schepper. "I am glad to see it in the community. This is so needed. I wish this was here 10 years ago."

Exceptional Living Centers Senior Vice President of Business Development John Noffsinger said an important reminder to residents is that this is not going to be another nursing center. He said it will be a place for those who are still seeking to retain a majority of their independence but may require minimum assistance with some daily activities such as laundry.

Executive Director of the Exceptional Living Center of Brazil Gayle Comonte said the units will all be private pay as the facility is not a part of the Assisted Living Medicaid Waiver program. She added extensive research into facilities in surrounding counties such as Vigo and Putnam has been done to offer a "very comparable rate to those in our area," while allowing residents to still remain in the community.

Noffsinger said construction would not begin until Spring next year, if weather permits, and would take an estimated 12-16 months before opening; however, he added they expect spots to fill up quickly with calls already coming in about possibly reserving rooms.

Comonte said the facility would offer a basic package of care with additional services such as handling personal laundry as additional amenities.

On display in the council chambers at City Hall on Thursday was not only the layout of the 42-unit building for those 55 and older to be built in front of the existing Exceptional Living Center of Brazil, but color swatches, sample hardwood and carpet, pictures of furnishings and prospective designs of the common spaces and private rooms in the facility.

"I've built a lot of these over the years, and it used to be that we didn't involve the community. We would build it and you accepted what came," Noffsinger said. "But I always come and want to get the community's feeling on what they like, what they want to see and what fits into the community."

Another way Exceptional Living Centers hope to get the community involved is through a naming competition. The contest is open until Dec. 31 with the winning entry to receive a $250 gift card from Walmart. Residents of Clay County and surrounding areas are encouraged to submit a name for the center. Details on the contest and entry forms are available on the Exceptional Living Center of Brazil website at www.elcbrazil.com/news.php.

For more information about rates, rooms available or to make reservations call 812-446-2636.

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