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  • Cydney Thompson, Northeast Arkansas News

Walnut Ridge fills gap for elder care with new $11 million assisted living facility

In a few weeks, a 30,000 square foot facility will begin construction for a new rehabilitation and elder care facility to provide the best quality service across Northeast Arkansas.

This has been a project they’ve been working on for a year and a half and now is the time for a big economy boost in Lawrence County.

“I’m just so excited. I have been looking forward to it. My window faces this way and I look out every day hoping to see something going on our there and yesterday when I saw a truck I was excited and then they said the groundbreaking was today, I think we’re all excited about it,” Walnut Ridge nursing resident, Frances Decker said.

The Green House Cottages of Walnut Ridge signifies both the development of a new long-term care campus and the total redevelopment of the existing Walnut Ridge Nursing & Rehab Facility.

This 11-million-dollar facility will have four building with 12 rooms with a total of 64 beds. Each cottage will include a spa, beauty shop, library, living room with a fireplace and state of the art kitchen.

This will be the sixth location in Arkansas.

“We understand in our industry that COVID likely is going to enter most buildings, if not all and all we can do is move forward with precaution. And as a company family, specifically at Walnut Ridge, we’ve come through the dark days.”

With Walnut Ridge being affected the hardest by covid-19, they knew this would highlight the organization’s commitment to elder safety, infection control in the Northeast Arkansas area.

“Walnut ridge is one of those communities that we’re thrilled to partner with. We think it’s got heart and soul and it’s got lots of opportunities for growth. It’s going to be a fantastic development and this community has already so overwhelming supportive,” Managing member of Southern Administrative Servies, John Ponthie said.

Mayor Charles Snapp says, walnut ridge had a gap to fill in the elder care, now that gap is now being filled.

“We’re just happy to be her in the home and be taken care of like we are and we’re just look forward to greater things to come,” Decker said.

They are expected to complete the facility by summer 2021.


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