01 Jun Press Release, June 1st
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For information, please contact:
Len Weiser, Jr., executive director, Masonic Charity Foundation
June 1, 2017
Masonic Village Adds More Retirement Living Options and
Shifts Other Services to Meet Demands
Over the next year, Masonic Village at Burlington will reduce its number of skilled nursing accommodations and increase its memory support and retirement living options to best meet the demands of current and future residents.
“It is a constant evaluation of what our residents want and what the market dictates,” Len Weiser, executive director, Masonic Charity Foundation of New Jersey, said. “As a charitable organization which provides care for those who cannot afford it, we also have to balance our services to be able to continue our mission. While the government decreases our reimbursements, costs to provide care continue to rise.”
In 2016, through the generosity of donors and funds secured through grants, Masonic Village provided $11.9 million in charitable care and unreimbursed Medicare and Medicaid program costs.
Masonic Village will break ground on 66 new retirement living cottages in early June. The cottages include two-bedroom and two-bedroom den options with between 1,944 and 2,342 square feet. Currently, 26 of the cottages have been reserved.
Approximately 100 of Masonic Village’s 264 licensed skilled nursing accommodations will be transformed into 82 retirement living rental units and additional memory support services for the comprehensive personal care supported living area. The new rental units will include one-bedroom, one-bedroom/den and two-bedroom options.
With an increased demand for care for individuals with dementia, a 20-suite secured neighborhood will be added to the personal care living area, for a total of 77 personal care suites. This neighborhood and adjacent long-term care secured memory support neighborhood each will have access to a secured outdoor memory garden, which will open in early 2018.
Renovations to personal care suites will include the addition of full bathrooms and kitchenettes in some rooms. Dedicated short-term rehabilitation with enhanced personalized services will also be offered and continue to be available for Masonic Village residents and others in the community.
For more information, visit www.njmasonic.org.