Adult Day Care Center Expanding its Center Township Facility
By: Kate Malongowski
Beaver County Times
Staff at LIFE Beaver County are preparing for a much-needed facility expansion.
The 17,000-square foot Center Township building nears visitor capacity often, averaging between 115 and 125 seniors on a given day, said Marie Timpano, adult day health center director at LIFE Beaver County. Its current capacity is around 130 visitors.
The center is leasing an additional 5,000 square feet of space from Beaver County Rehabilitation Center.
“This will give us the opportunity to spread out a little more,” Timpano said.
The program has more than 350 participants, and the new space would allow for an additional 25 to 30 visitors daily.
The $1 million renovation project includes a new entrance and reception area, meeting areas, additional multipurpose activity areas and restrooms, additional personal care stations that include one new bed-level care space, and an improved laundry area for in-house and participant needs.
Some of the narrow hallways in the Center Township facility, 131 Pleasant Drive, which has been in its current location since 2007, have “bottlenecking problems” with heavy foot traffic.
“We’re using every inch of what we currently have,” Timpano said.
Renovations began in May. Pat Crise, project supervisor with Etzel Engineering of Saxonburg, said he expects things to be completed sometime in September.
“It’ll be much needed,” he said, standing in the new space, which will open up into the current space when completed.
The area had been an empty storefront for several years, Timpano said.
LIFE Beaver County offers meals, amenities and other activities to local seniors at its adult day care center five days per week.