Local retirees will soon have a new location where they could live, with an assisted-living complex expected to be opening up in the late spring or early summer next year.
Shelley Nuelle, director of operations for the Havre Timber Creek Village, said the facility will offer 40 units ranging from efficiency one-bedroom apartments to two-bedroom deluxe apartments, with a variety of services ranging from help for people who are fairly independent, maybe with oversight of residents taking medication to help with more intensive care including with bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, walking and cognitive skills.
“Assisted living can add a lot of value to a lot of people in a lot of different levels,” Nuelle said.
Work has begun on the land where the facility will be erected, south of Kmart west of Havre. Nuelle said the company usually has the facility completed within six to eight months, depending on the weather.
Many of the details for the Havre facility still are in the planning stages, but Nuelle said she expects to have those details in place in a month or two and the company will start its marketing campaign, both for hiring staff and to start looking for residents of the facility.
The Havre facility is the second being built outside of Illinois, where the first facility — called The Glenwood in that state — opened in 1999. It opened its first Timber Creek Village community in Columbia Falls in 2012, and Nuelle said the company is looking at several other Montana locations as well.
“I see us, in the next one to three years, growing a nice portfolio out there,” she said.
The connection to Montana was natural, she said. One of the owners lives in Montana, and the company president, Brad Boyles, vacations in Big Sky Country regularly.
An analysis showed a need for a facility like Timber Creek Village in Havre, which led to the facility being built here, she said.
The company also will take some time to hand-pick and extensively train the staff for the facility, she said.
“We build a very, very nice building — it looks very, it is very, homey — but it’s the staff we put in it that makes all the difference,” Nuelle said.
She said the facility could be a good fit for people with a variety of needs, as well.
“Assisted living is a great option for seniors,” Nuelle said. “It allows them to be as independent as they can while being safe. That’s kind of our whole thing, too.
“There is this big misconception that I have to have all these great needs when I move into (an assisted-living) facility, and that’s not true,” she added. “It is for people who are fairly independent as well as people who do have needs.”
Nuelle said people who would like to be placed on a list to receive information about job opportunities or about the facility itself could call her at 217-821-9539 or reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She said she expects a telephone number to be set up for the Havre Timber Creek Village within a few weeks, and a full set of information about jobs and about the facility to start going out to the Hi-Line media in 30 to 60 days.
“We’re excited about coming to the community,” Nuelle said. “So far, we’ve received a very nice welcome from everyone. It’s been great.”
Havre Timber Creek Village: http://www.theglenwoodcommunities.com/havre.php