National Church Residences Avondale Opens in Dublin, Ohio
Offers New Housing Model With On-Site Health Services for Seniors
DUBLIN, Ohio – National Church Residences Avondale in Dublin, Ohio, is celebrating its completion with a grand opening event at 10 a.m. August 9. National Church Residences’ newest community for seniors, Avondale is a new model that integrates independent living with added services and benefits.
The health care services on the site will help residents to age at home, demonstrating the value of using housing as a platform for health care delivery. Located at 5215 Avery Road in Dublin, Avondale has 100 one- and two-bedroom garden and cottage-style apartment homes, a large community center and a National Church Residences Center for Senior Health.
The Center for Senior Health provides adult day services and allows residents the ability to access National Church Residences Home & Community Services that range from assistance with everyday living activities up to a full range of advanced nursing and therapy support.
“Avondale represents the future of affordable senior housing,” said National Church Residences President and CEO Thomas W. Slemmer. “We deeply appreciate the support we have received from the City of Dublin and everyone else involved in this project.”
Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider and City Manager Marsha Grigsby are among those speaking at the grand opening ceremony. Others who will make remarks include Doug Garver, Executive Director of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA); Jim Bowman, President of the National Affordable Housing Trust; Randolph Wilson, Operations Officer/Acting Hub Director for the Columbus office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Ron Lebsock, Vice President/Housing Choice Vouchers, Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority; and Ben Famous, Office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.
The $16.6 million project was funded by Red Mortgage Capital (HUD Insured 221d4), $3.8 million; the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, $2.6 million; the Ohio Housing Finance Agency – Home Development Assistance Program, $500,000; the City of Dublin, $800,000; the Franklin County HOME Fund, $250,000; NHT Avondale LLC-Equity, $7.6 million; and GP Equity and other deferred fees, $1 million. OHFA also provided $1.5 million load during construction, which has been repaid.
“Because Avondale provides all the clinical support of a long-term care community to residents living in their homes, it bridges the gap between Independent and Assisted Living,” said Regional Manager Ryan Foster. “It serves as an alternative option for seniors who aren’t quite ready to give up living independently, but would still benefit from added services. This model is consistent with our mission to allow residents to age in place.”
The Home & Community Services team provides the residents with a wide range of home health and personal care services, including home health care, rehabilitative therapies, assistance with everyday living, scheduled transportation and meal services. A full-time care coordinator assists residents in developing personal care plans that meet their individual needs.
The on-site Center for Senior Health adult day services supports individuals who need extra assistance during the day, providing a secure environment, health monitoring and medication administration, stimulating activities to support mental and physical health, social activities, nutritious meals and snacks, and help with personal care, such as bathing and nursing assistance.
Avondale’s campus also includes a fitness center, media room, library and outdoor walking trails. It is a mixed income community and offers rental assistance programs made possible by the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, Franklin County, HUD and JP Morgan Chase.
National Church Residences is committed to excellence that transforms the lives of the people it serves. The not-for-profit organization is an innovative leader in integrating housing, health care and supportive services, serving seniors of all income levels and families. With 330 communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico, National Church Residences is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and operates five continuing care retirement communities. It also provides supportive housing for the formerly homeIess and disabled. The National Church Residences model of person-centered care includes adult day health, assisted living, senior housing, skilled nursing homes, rehabilitation center, outpatient therapy, home health care and hospice. For more information, visit www.nationalchurchresidences.org.