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SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2007

The Terrace in Priceville gets 34 more beds

By Ronnie Thomas · 340-2438

PRICEVILLE — Steve Dean, executive director of The Terrace at Priceville, said the state Certificate of Need Review Board approved 34 additional beds for its memory-care wing, offering specialized assistance to memory impaired residents.

Dean said the board gave The Terrace permission to move the beds from Sunshine Haven in Hartselle, which closed. He said that earlier, Fred Fox, managing member of Morgan LLC, which owns and operates The Terrace, purchased the Certificate of Need from Sunshine Haven.

“When we were up and going and saw the possibility of additional need, Fred made application the latter part of last year to transfer those beds. The state just approved it,” Dean said.

The Terrace, which opened in May 2006, initially had 16 specialty-care apartments. The facility recently doubled the number by converting 16 assisted living residential units to the memory- care wing.

“We now have a 32-apartment capacity for people with dementia,” Dean said. “If we opened the additional 34 beds, we’d have to have new construction. We have the space to build them. We will respond to the need in our area.”

Also, officials broke ground for 10 more independent living cottages at the 20-acre site on Marco Drive, opposite the Priceville Municipal Building. The Terrace built 12 independent living cottages last summer during Phase 1 of construction.

Dean said the one or two bedroom cottages are for seniors who don’t need a lot of help, but who want freedom from having to cook, clean and take care of a house.

Assisted living care

He said The Terrace also has 38 assisted-living units for residents who need additional services such as medication administration and assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, rooming, ambulating and wellness checks.

For more information, call 260-0400.

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