Ground broken for senior 

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St. Bernard's Medical Center

St. Bernards Medical Center officially broke ground Friday, July 7, for construction on a new Senior Life Center in Jonesboro. The facility, located at 700 East Washington Avenue, will host a number of senior services programs operated by St. Bernards.

The new 18,000-square-foot facility will include a large commercial kitchen and dining area, a billiards room, a computer education lab and library, an arts and crafts room, wellness and exercise areas, a coffee bar and snack area for seniors as well as office space.

The Jonesboro Senior Life Center provides vital services for many older adults through a wide variety of recreational and educational opportunities. It serves a hot lunch Monday through Friday for senior citizens and also helps with other senior adult needs like transportation, social support, physical activities and caregiving.

Other St. Bernards Senior Programs that will be provided at the new center include those of St. Bernards DayPlace, Lifeline and Meals Express. DayPlace provides day-long care for older adults who do not require 24-hour institutional care but who cannot be left alone all day while caregivers work. Lifeline is a program which provides a personal response service monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Participants have a button that can be worn as a pendant or wristband and can be activated to call for assistance. Meals Express is a specialized food delivery service for residents who need help with meals in their homes.

The site also will house a new Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) called ALLCare. The program will be the first such program in the country which is established in a rural area.

St. Bernards Healthcare has a unique partnership with East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging through which services are provided to senior adults in Jonesboro and surrounding service areas. The partnership provides for existing services and future services that will be provided from the new Senior Life Center.

Under a contract with the EAAAA, St. Bernards operates programs through senior life centers in both Craighead and Poinsett counties. Services are provided at centers in Trumann, Harrisburg, Lepanto and Marked Tree in Poinsett County and in Caraway, Monette, Lake City and Jonesboro in Craighead County.

Jonesboro programs currently are housed at the city-owned Huntington Building through a lease agreement.

The construction represents a commitment of more than $2 million. B.B.Vance-Division of Nabholz will provide complete construction oversight. The Stuck Associates of Jonesboro developed the design of the structure. Construction is expected to take approximately 12 months.


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