Seniors’ project gains momentum

A new seniors’ housing complex in Stettler is on target to be a home this time next year.

Construction progresses on schedule at the Points West supportive-living seniors’ complex in Stettler. It’s located on 70 Street at the corner of 44 Avenue.

Construction progresses on schedule at the Points West supportive-living seniors’ complex in Stettler. It’s located on 70 Street at the corner of 44 Avenue.

A new seniors’ housing complex in Stettler is on target to be a home this time next year.

Points West Living continues its on-schedule construction of on an “affordable supportive-living” seniors’ complex.

“We plan to open in the middle of May next year,” said Doug Mills, a director with Points West Living.

Located on 70 Street at the corner of 44 Avenue, the complex is expected to include 88 supportive-living suites filled by Alberta Health Services, along with 16 independent suites.

“We have already rented nine or 10 of those units,” Mills told a Rotary luncheon in Stettler last week.

Each unit is about 660 square feet.

Construction of the $8.8-million project began last year, with funding from Alberta Capital Bonds announced in December 2008.

Points West Living plans to present the project to the community this fall, as the complex nears completion, and also speak with local councils.

“We’ll be coming back in a couple of months to talk to town and county councils,” Mills said.

More than 60 jobs are scheduled to be created in the operation of the complex, as Points West Living plans to first hire a manager in the coming months.

“We plan to hire 60 to 70 people,” said Stephanie Mills, manager of health services.

That will include licensed practical nurses, along with staff for administration, recreation, kitchen and maintenance, with jobs posted in late 2012 or early 2013 and interviews in the spring.

For potential residents of the facility, designated assisted-living units will be capped at $1,700 a month, while independent units range from $1,900 to $2,300 a month.

All meals and food will be prepared on site.

“If we can buy local, we will,” Miller said.

Making the new complex “a comfortable home for all residents” is a prime priority for Points West Living, he said.

The company operates similar facilities in Wainwright, Lloydminster, Grande Prairie and Peace River.

“We want life to happen with our residents, not just around our residents,” Miller said.

“We encourage them to take as much as they want into their suites, and residents are actively involved in decision-making.”

Community, school and church groups will also be invited to participate in activities.

For more information, visit the project website at pointswestliving.com.