New assisted living facility under construction downtown
Care center will be built across from transit center
Construction is underway on a new assisted living facility in Paso Robles. It’s being built by locals Gary and Kathy Tucker. The couple, a contractor and a nurse, saw the need for a new facility after their first location filled up. They own and operate The Lodges at Ada’s Vineyard on Monterey Road off Highway 101. It has 20 rooms.
“We’re currently full and have a waiting list,” Kathy said, which led to them looking for a location for a new home. They found property at 725 Pine St. across the street from the transit center. The project was approved by the Paso Robles Planning Commission, by a vote of 7-0, on Jan. 14. Permits have been pulled, she said, and work has started on the 14-room facility. The facility is expected to be open in September 2015. “We really like that property because it’s so close to the local services [downtown].”
Two of the facility’s 14 rooms will be suites and all the rooms will have their own bathrooms in the 11,000-square-foot building. The center will provide care to those that need additional care, though not a full skilled-nursing facility.
Like the Lodges at Ada’s Vineyard, the new facility will combine a homelike atmosphere with state-of-the-art wireless monitoring for safety, security and care. The wireless monitoring and pagers for staff allows security and ease of access for daily living assistance, Kathy said. Call systems are also present in all bathrooms and may be placed beside beds as needed. Staff will be available 24 hours each day for assistance with all daily living activities. Staff will also take residents to outtings and participate in activities around the community.
“That way they can still enjoy their senior years,” Kathy said.
This home is called Annette, which Kathy said is after the pioneer committee located east of Shandon. Gary, Kathy said, grew up in that area and went to the one-room schoolhouse there.
“We wanted it to reflect the spirit of people coming together and sharing their lives … the pioneer spirit,” Kathy said, adding that Gary’s family has lived in the area since his grandfather and his brothers settled in the Cholame area. Now, she said, there have been five generations of Gary’s family in the area since his son and grandchildren live here.
The rooms that don’t face the street will overlook a large landscaped courtyard and the street-facing rooms will have private lanai. All of the rooms are private, but can be shared by a couple, though the total number of residents is capped at 15 due to licensing, Kathy said.