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Ground broken for assisted living facility in Barboursville

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

BARBOURSVILLE – A group of local and state officials broke out the shiny shovels Wednesday afternoon to turn some dirt to mark the construction of a 54-unit assisted living facility in Barboursville.

The Village at Riverview, a 33,000-square-foot facility, is expected to be complete by June 2014.

“It’s been a very exciting day,” said Patricia Perry, a registered nurse and executive director of the new facility. “It was a day for all the partners in this to share with the community what we’re going to offer.”

Located at 1356 Riverview Drive, the Village will offer a range of assistance to senior citizens depending on their needs. That can go from full assistance with every day needs, to none at all.

Perry said the facility is aimed to meet the need of “sandwich generation” Baby Boomers, who find themselves taking care of not only their own children, but their parents as they age.

“West Virginia has the highest elderly population in the country, so we know the need is there,” Perry said.

Each room is provided with a private bath, efficiency kitchen and living space.

Plans also call for a restaurant-style dining room, café/ice cream bar and a salon, along with a large outdoor area for gardening and other activities.

The assisted living facility will provide 24-hour care by a licensed nursing staff trained in geriatric and dementia conditions, as well as offering housekeeping, laundry and transportation services, Village officials said. A broad activity program also will  be available to residents.

About 45 new jobs will be available through the facility.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Cabell County Commissioner Nancy Cartmill, Barboursville Mayor Paul Turman, Perry and Jeff Gray, president for The Village at Riverview of Barboursville, which will own and operate the facility, were on hand for the groundbreaking, among others.

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