There’s nothing “institutional” about the new, $29 million St. Paul’s Senior Community residence building in Belleville.
The building is designed to make residents feel like they’re in a home, complete with fireplaces, well-appointed kitchens, screened porches and large-screen televisions. The entrance to each wing is built to resemble the doorway to a suburban house.
“It’s like entering into your own household,” said Debra Pierce, community outreach director for St. Paul’s.
Shari Kruep, executive director of St. Paul’s, said in a news release the new building casts aside the “outdated, institutional nursing home model” and offers an “atmosphere that evokes home, family and community.”
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Construction on the three-story building at 1021 W. E St. is complete, and residents will be able to move in after state inspections are finished. A private dedication ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel. Also, St. Paul’s will host a public grand opening ceremony but a date has not yet been set for this event.
“It’s been a long 18 months, but the results are truly breathtaking,” Kruep said.
The new building has six wings that are called “households.” Each one of these sections has a similar design so when residents move from one area to another, it will be less stressful for them.
“They can go into different levels of care very gracefully,” Pierce said.
The second and third floors offer skilled care and assisted /shelter care. The first floor offers rehabilitation care for people coming out of the hospital and recovering from surgery or an illness. Memory care also is offered on the first floor.
Whirlpool tubs, a hair salon and an outdoor therapy garden are features included in the new building. In addition, rehabilitation services will be offered on the first floor, for both residents and non-residents.
St. Paul’s has a “few openings” in the new building that can accommodate 134 people and in the 53 retirement apartments, which are attached to the new building. The cost ranges from $110 a day to $250 a day for the new building, depending on the type of room and level of care. The apartments range from $2,108 a month to $2,370 a month. St. Paul’s, which was founded in 1926 and is sponsored by the United Church of Christ, has a financial assistance program available to qualified applicants. Several payment options are available, including Medicare and Medicaid.
For more information or to make a donation to St. Paul’s, go to www.StPaulsSeniorCommunity.com or call 618-233-2095.
The current skilled care residence hall will be demolished about 30 days after all the residents move into their new home. The Belleville City Council in 2013 agreed to spend $250,000 in tax increment financing funds for the demolition costs. A parking lot will be built after the building is demolished.