The state has approved four senior housing projects in Central Florida.
On Feb. 16, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration gave the OK for Ridgeland, Miss.-based Premier Living Centers Inc. to build a $12.7 million, 61-bed nursing home in Sanford. The project involves 45,687 square feet of new construction at a cost of $208,487 per bed.
The facility will create 59 jobs, including five registered nurses, six licensed nurse practitioners, 20 nurse aides, a director of nursing, an administrator and an activitiies director.
The nursing is slated to open in May 2020 and will feature:
Beauty and barber shopTherapeutic pool (hot tub)Spa room with walk-in tubFull diningCourtyards and other outside spaces for residents, employees and visitorsFull day of calendar activitiesLaundry servicesRegistered nurse coverage for all shifts
The Premier Living Centers facility also will provide respiratory therapy, pharmacy and laboratory services, medical transportation assistance, psychologists and geriatric specialists.
Currently there is only one nursing home in the area, the 114-bed Healthcare & Rehabilitation of Sanford, which has a 92 percent occupancy rate.
The state also gave approval for Tampa-based Innovative Medical Management Solutions LLC to add 20 beds to a previously approved $15.8 million, 60-bed facility, resulting in a new 80-bed facility in Lake County. The facility will be managed by Greystone Healthcare Management Corp. It is expected to open in July 2020. Adding 20 beds involves 9,120 square feet of renovations at a cost of $150,000.
The 20 beds are estimated to create the equivalent of 25 full-time jobs. Based on industry standards, the entire project may create roughly 100 positions ranging from registered nurses to administrative staff.
On average, registered nurses earn an annual wage of $62,980 in metro Orlando, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while nursing assistants earn roughly $24,910 per year.
Meanwhile, Orlando-based Presbyterian Retirement Communities Inc.’s 120-bed Westminster Towers nursing home in Orlando was approved to convert 24 sheltered beds to 24 regular nursing home beds. Sheltered nursing home beds are those in which patients have a degree of independence. This will involve no renovations and will create about 20 full-time equivalent jobs.
Presbyterian Retirement Communities also was approved to add 11 nursing home beds at the 80-bed Westminster Winter Park through the conversion of 11 sheltered nursing home beds. It will involve no renovations and will create about 20 full-time equivalent jobs.
Florida has 683 licensed nursing homes, which are part of a $20.2 billion industry that contributes to nearly 259,250 jobs, according to Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
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