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Brightwater Senior Living of Victoria soon to offer 98 apartments for senior care

By Jessica Rodrigo
July 9, 2014 at 2:09 a.m.

Robert Malaer, executive director with Brightwater Senior Living,  talks about the new senior living facility that is expected to open in the fall near John Stockbauer Drive and Airline Road.

Brightwater Senior Living will bring a new kind of care facility to Victoria.

The new retirement and assisted living center is expected to open in October, said Robert Malaer, executive director of the Brightwater Senior Living of Victoria, along with a 28-unit memory care area called The Arbor.

"It's a secured unit with 24-hour staffing," he said about The Arbor.

Brightwater offers 98 apartment units that range from single, studio-style rooms to suites with amenities that conjure visions of resort visits.

There will be a theater, a salon and spa, library and two eating areas that will offer restaurant-style meals.

"The biggest problem with our elderly family is that they don't cook as much or don't eat as well," Malaer said. "We want to give them back that quality of life."

Senior living facilities are designated by the Department of Aging and Disability Services as having Type A or B services, which differ by the amount of care residents require from staff assistance.

Brightwater is a Type B facility, Malaer said, that can provide residents with the care they need for longer stays before they transition to a nursing home. The Arbor unit will be a place where residents can live and interact with friends and family members while also staying mentally and physically simulated in a safe and secure area.

Before he worked for Brightwater, Malaer worked at DeTar Hospital North's Geriatric Mental Health Center.

"I've worked with the elderly for a long time," he said. "You have to understand it (geriatric care) to be able to treat and work with people."

The biggest goal for the facility is to take the stress out of leaving a loved one in an assisted care facility.

"We don't want them to worry," Malaer said.

Unit rates at Brightwater start at $2,900 for independent living spaces, which include three meals daily, weekly housekeeping, suite maintenance, linen service and paid utilities.

While a home environment is often the preferred location for loved ones, said Cindy Cornish, director of the Golden Crescent Area Agency on Aging, the addition of extra options in Victoria is always welcomed.

Several options are available in the Crossroads for the older adults whether they require 24-hour assistance or only require assistance for certain tasks, Cornish said.

"It's reflective of the growing aging population and the challenges that caregivers face who have loved ones with Alzheimer's and dementia," Cornish said.

A projected 83.7 million people in the United States will fill the 65-and-older population by 2050, according to research published by the U.S. Census Bureau. The estimated population is almost double the number of people 65 and older reported in 2012, which was 43.1 million.

"There is certainly a demand, and there will be more people in need of assisted living," she said.

The Victoria location also is a benefit to families because it minimizes travel time and eliminates the need to travel to bigger cities for senior living care, Cornish said.

"The more choice families have, the better it is, and it's better to have it in their local community, too."



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