A London assisted living community is expanding to Marysville.
Bluebird Retirement Community leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week at the company’s new northern home: 145 Coleman’s Crossing Boulevard, near State Routes 33 and 34.
The planned 63,500-square-foot facility will include 79 rooms — including 20 in the memory care unit, said owner Paul Gross, who is also a Madison County commissioner.
The new facility is being modeled after the London facility, said Gross.
Bluebird’s “Main Street” includes a hair salon, sepia-toned photos of the town in days gone by, the Peacock Theatre — named for the color on the walls, and a block of mailboxes dubbed “the post office.” Next to it stands a large picture window, where residents can display any collectibles.
Not far down Main Street is Mimi’s Malt Shoppe, which possesses a 1950s-era feel, serves soft service ice cream for cones, sundaes and sodas.
The facility has expanded twice since it opened in 2014 and now boasts 76 rooms. The staff has tripled from 20 employees to 60, he said.
Gross said executive director Jane Herman and her team have made the London location a success.
“In the senior care business, most of the options out there are institutionally-owned operations — they lose sight of the people,” he said. “I think the locally-owned and operated model has served us and our residents well.”
Even if there was more demand, the London location will not expand again, Gross said.
“Bigger is not always better,” he said. “There’s something to be said about being professional and being able to provide the resources without losing that personal touch.”
Herman will remain at the London facility. A new management team will be hired to oversee the Marysville facility, Gross said.
Bluebird is accepting applications for resident assistants, nurses, maintenance workers, management and activities directors. About 40 people will be employed initially. To apply, email a resume to email@example.com.
Helen Lee, of London, was specifically recognized at the ribbon cutting by Herman, who she called “the inspiration of Bluebird.”
“We are particularly grateful to have the opportunity to serve a generation of people that has done so much to make America the special place it is today,” Herman stated in a release. “Our success in London, caring for and about people, is affording us this opportunity to expand into Union County in order to provide the same passionate care there as we do here in Madison County.
The new facility is currently under construction and is expected to open in March of 2017. Gross said several Madison County businesses will be involved in the facility’s construction.
For more information visit www.bluebirdretirement.com or call Jane Herman at 614-738-0896.
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