LOCKPORT – Briarwood Manor, an assisted living facility in Lockport, disclosed plans Monday for a $3 million memory care addition to its current Lincoln Avenue building.
The 20-bed facility would be aimed at Medicaid recipients with Alzheimer’s and other forms ofdementia, owner Salvatore L. Ferreri told the city Planning Board, which approved the concept and the location of the foundation for the 10,000-square-foot addition.
Ferreri said the demand for services for people with memory loss is intense.
“We get phone calls every day,” he said. “What happens in today’s world is, if you have enough money, you can find a bed. If your mom or dad have Alzheimer’s, there’s no beds if you’re a Medicaid or SSI recipient, none, unless you go to a nursing home.” His son Mark Ferreri, the assistant administrator, said the state Health Department has started a pilot program to try to place medically stable Alzheimer’s patients in residential settings, rather than in nursing homes. The state figures that would be 50 percent less expensive for the Medicaid program.
However, Mark Ferreri said, no assisted living facility in the state has so far completed a memory care unit, so Briarwood Manor might be the first.
“I’d like to get it done by the end of this year,” Salvatore Ferreri said. However, he still needs an approval from the Niagara County Planning Board Aug. 15 and then he would have to return to the city Planning Board for approval of the exterior look of the addition.
The H-shaped, one-story addition to the rear of the existing structure would be buffered from homes behind it by an existing 6-foot wooden fence and a planned row of pine trees, said Lowell B. Dewey, civil group manager for the C&S Companies, the Buffalo architectural firm designing the project. It would be the same height and the same red brick color as the rest of the building.
Briarwood Manor, in business since 1982, would remain at its current capacity of 160 beds after the addition is built, because 20 existing double rooms would be converted to private rooms, Salvatore Ferreri said.
“There’s probably going to be 12 new employees to take care of these people,” Dewey said. The current work force is 65 to 75.
Mark Ferreri said he has met with staff at the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency to discuss a possible tax break for the addition, but he hasn’t decided yet whether to pursue it.