Small Homes, Big Impact

The book of Proverbs reminds us that, “Things should not be underestimated because of their small size” – hence, the phrase “good things come in small packages.” Sometimes, big things can come in small packages especially for the residents of Butler County who are in need of a little extra care.

Over the past several years, Lutheran SeniorLife has acquired property in the Island section of the city with the goal of expanding its small homes program. The program is a function of Life Butler County, owned and operated by Lutheran SeniorLife and the Butler Health System.

“We are continually looking for ways to elevate health, wellness and social services for those we serve,” expressed David Fenoglietto, Lutheran SeniorLife CEO.

Lutheran SeniorLife recently completed the construction of one of two small homes on the property bordering South Chestnut and Hazel streets, just west of the Butler courthouse. When complete, the first home will accommodate up to six, Medicaid-eligible residents.  Each home has an open floor plan with a large great room opening up to a kitchen and dining area. Ample outdoor space will also be available.

The homes are also in close proximity to the health and wellness programs offered at LIFE Butler County, where participants have access to medical, nutritional and social programs.  LIFE (Living Independence For the Elderly) is an all-inclu

sive program of health, wellness and support services to help people maintain their independence while living in the community. There is no application or monthly fee for eligible residents of Butler County to enroll in the LIFE program.

“The small homes program enables qualified participants of the LIFE program to live in a new, residential home and remain active, and part of the Butler community,” said Fenoglietto. “The small home model is very unique. In addition, the homes help to modernize the area around Chestnut and Hazel streets. That’s a nice bonus for the greater community.”

LIFE Butler County will provide transportation to and from the center for the residents of the small homes. While at the center, residents are able to socialize, enjoy a meal and participate in scheduled activities throughout the day. They will also have access to a doctor for routine exams, as well as other medical services like physical and occupational therapists.

Alex Kiehl of Don D Lewis Inc., set crew, directs the crane operator putting the end cap on the small home along Chestnut Street in Butler.

The small home project, when complete, will house six, Medicaid eligible residents who will have access to medical, nutritional and social programs. “The small home model is very unique,” stated David Fenoglietto, Lutheran SeniorLife CEO. “In addition, the homes help to modernize the area around Chestnut and Hazel streets. That’s a nice bonus for the greater community.”