ROUSES POINT — The building that was once Cedar Hedge Nursing Home holds many memories for Lee Anne Lawrence.
She worked there as a dietitian.
“It was my first job ever,” she said.
Her grandmother was employed there, too, as a nurse’s aide.
“I have really good memories of her,” Lee Anne said.
Those memories are part of the reason that she and her husband, Mark Lawrence, purchased Cedar Hedge and converted it into an assisted-living home.
It is now called 260 Lake Street: A Senior Resort Community, and the first residents will be moving in soon.
“We tried to make it like home, not like an institution,” said Mark.
18 ROOMS SO FAR
Lee Anne said the Village of Rouses Point has been very supportive of the new venture.
“Our neighbors have just been fantastic. We live here ourselves; people are very close here. The community has really reached out to us.”
There are 18 rooms at 260 Lake Street, mostly standard, but also suites and deluxe models that Mark describes as almost like a small apartment.
About half are already taken at the private-pay assisted-living facility.
“But I still have at least one of everything,” Mark said. “Most people seem to be taking standard rooms.”
Space exists to develop 16 more rooms in the north wing at 260 Lake, he said.
All the rooms have private bathrooms, individual controls for heat and air conditioning, and private phones.
The phones include a button for concierge service — for example, “if someone wants a cup of tea,” Lee Anne said.
Call lights are available in every room for possible emergencies.
The senior residence is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but does not have any medical staff.
”We supervise everything, make sure (residents) take their meds on time, make sure they’re eating,” Mark said.