Agape to open assisted living apartments

jbecknell@enquirerherald.comMay 12, 2014 

— Agape Senior in York will host an opening ceremony from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday for its new independent living apartments, The Villas.

Lindsay Davis, senior solutions adviser, said The Villas are 31 one-bedroom and studio independent living apartments, licensed for up to 43 occupants.

The new $5 million independent living facility, which was recently licensed for occupancy, is part of a campus that includes three existing buildings at 1020 N. Congress St., at the intersection of S.C. 5 and S.C. 49. The campus and the three existing buildings, previously called Yorktowne Village, was purchased by Agape in June 2012.

The existing buildings, which were renovated by Agape, can hold up to 100 occupants in three levels of care: enhanced care 1 and 2 and a memory care unit for patients with dementia.

“At all of our assisted livings, we offer three levels of care,” Davis said. “When we acquired the York facility, the only piece that was missing were the independent living apartments.”

Davis said the new units are getting a lot of interest. “Since we’re the only assisted living in Western York County, there’s a big need for it.”

Davis said several occupants are beginning to move into The Villas, which are available for a monthly fee. Rates vary, she said, and costs include maintenance fees, utilities, three meals each day and a 24-hour staff.

The Villas includes a large front lobby, a patio with sitting areas, a dining room, beauty salon and outpatient therapy for residents and members of the community. The Villas also has its own medical staff.

Davis said other amenities offered by the facilities include an extensive life enrichment program. “Our staff is highly trained in dementia care,” she said.

Thursday’s opening, with the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, will include a 4 p.m. ribbon cutting and refreshments. Tours will be available, she said.

Agape Senior, a for-profit faith-based organization that provides integrated living services for seniors, has 11 assisted living sites in South Carolina, she said.

Jennifer Becknell •  803-329-4077

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