Downtown Hotel Turned Senior Community Now Open

By John W. Davis

January 16, 2011 Updated Jan 16, 2011 at 5:42 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It's another step towards revitalizing downtown Fort Wayne.

A new senior living community has found an innovative use for an old hotel.

For that, the Lamplight Inn Of Fort Wayne has received praise from the Fort Wayne City Council.

However, the facility was scheduled to open in July 2010.

Therefore, last week was monumental for the senior living community on 300 East Washington Boulevard located in downtown Fort Wayne.

On Friday, January 14, management received final approval from the Indiana Board of Health to open their assisted living community.

Meanwhile, Executives said their main focus will be serving people in the Medicaid Waiver Program.

They said that will allow lower-income Seniors to afford assisted living because the state will pick up the tab.

"(The Medicaid Waiver Program) allows them to come to an assisted living place, without funds and actually have a better quality of life until that time that they actually need a skilled nursing facility," said Ebbing.

The facility will also accept personal payments and payment from the Veterans Administration.

At maximum capacity, the former hotel will serve 170 residents.

It has an indoor pool, a new beauty salon, and lots of high-rise city views.

Managers explained independence is key.

"Minimal care. But also minimal care with other services, like we can provide home health. We are going to have therapy on site here, so the resident doesn't have to leave for therapy," said Ebbing.

Meanwhile, how do you know if assisted living is right for you or your loved one?

"If the aid comes in and basically just assists you with bathing and transferring but you can function the rest of the day, you don't need skilled care. That's sort of the kind of care we provide," explained Ebbing.

Meanwhile, not all of Lamplight's residents will need assisted living.

40 of the 170 residents will be fully independent seniors.

For more information on the Lamplight Inn, visit the related content of this story.




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