LakePoint Wichita to add 22 assisted living units

10/22/2012 6:12 PM

10/22/2012 6:15 PM

Along with celebrating 10 years of ownership this month, the owners of LakePoint Wichita nursing home are also celebrating the addition of 22 assisted living units, set to open by the end of the year.

“To keep up with the Joneses, you’ve got to constantly be reinventing yourself,” said Warner Harrison, LakePoint co-owner. “You’ve got to keep things new. You don’t want to get stagnant.”The $1.3 million project will convert existing apartments into 22 assisted living units on a 14-acre site at 1315 N. West St. Fourteen of the units will be more than 650 square feet.

“We’re trying to attract couples,” Harrison said.

Project planning started about a year ago, and actual work began in May.

The new units are in addition to the 57 assisted living units already part of the facility. Harrison said that after this project, they do not anticipate further growth for at least 10 years.

The new assisted living units will feature kitchenettes with granite countertops and updated cabinetry, said co-owner Kevin Unrein.

He described the new units as “modern assisted living.”

“We’re going to be able to offer something a little more upscale now,” Harrison said, “We’ve been in the mid-range and never had upscale before, so we’re able to do different things with it.”

Owners are projecting that the large units will run up to $3,500 per month. A couple could expect to pay about $5,000 a month, he said. The units will hold 20 to 26 residents.

Assisted living includes meals, laundry and housekeeping, as well as medication disbursement and baths if needed. LakePoint accepts private payment, Medicare and Medicaid.

Owners chose the current location for expansion to keep costs down.

“It’s kind of a neat, woodsy area back where we’re converting it,” Unrein said.

LakePoint also plans to spend $700,000 to update the skilled nursing areas at LakePoint.

The project architect is Josh Herman of Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture.

“They did a great job of merging the old building into the new,” Unrein said.

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