5/22/2014 6:02:00 AM Senior center adding new residents, jobs
White Cliffs Senior Living is currently being built in Kingman, with an expected opening date in August. There is a three-level assisted living facility and a separate one level memory care unit. The one-level memory care unit will house residents with dementia or other memory issues. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
Mike Benson, Superintendent of Quality Control and Safety, walks down a hallway that has had carpet installed in the memory care unit. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)
KINGMAN - When Pam Plew heard that White Cliffs Senior Living would be opening this fall, she quickly convinced her parents to reserve an apartment in the three-story assisted living facility still under construction.
John and Donnie Ross, 92 and 82 respectively, have been living in their houses in Wickenburg and Pinewood as they age. But they decided to become a Founders Club member at White Cliffs, which is reserved for the facility's first 40 depositors.
"This is much more convenient for all of us," said Plew about her parents' upcoming relocation in August. "They looked at other retirement centers around the state and it just makes sense to be here.
"It took them a while to get used to the idea of coming to Kingman, and they're proud people and don't want to burden us, but it's just so much easier for us to help them if they're here."
White Cliffs Senior Living, located at 3600 Peterson Road, is in the final stages of construction and has targeted Aug. 1 as the date for residents to begin moving in. The 97,000-square-foot facility situated on about five acres will offer 77 assisted living apartments and 30 secured apartments for residents with dementia or other memory issues.
There are seven assisted-living centers in Kingman now, but none are as large as White Cliffs Senior Living.
Executive Director Laura Olson said about 40 newly hired staff will start working at the end of June, and that number will grow as the apartments fill up with residents. Olson said the facility, which cost about $16 million to build and is owned by Ron Ziebart, just sent out its first mailing of 3,000 flyers to let the community know about its services.
"Of the Founders Club reservations we have so far, which is about 20, half are from out of town or state," said Olson. "Which means that families are bringing their parents here to live. We've got some coming from as far away as Massachusetts and Virginia. It's hard to take care of mom and dad when they're eight states away. This will be a place that is safe, secure, homey and fun for them."
White Cliffs Senior Living features a beauty salon, bistro, theater, billiard room, craft room, private dining room for parties and a therapy room. A new bus is being delivered in June that will transport residents to outings, doctor appointments and other events.
Also, local hospices will be allowed to come in to assist residents nearing the end of life.
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
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It's great to see another facility like this come to town. My Fathers last days were spent at the Gardens and without them we wouldn't of had any better options in his older age. They really are a blessing for the families as well.