Wet weather delays facility construction

Friendly Horizons, which will specialize in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care, is a 9,000-square-foot facility going up at 645 First Ave. SW that will feature 16 private rooms in which each tenant has their own room.

SIOUX CENTER—A new memory care facility is taking shape in Sioux Center.

Though original plans called for Friendly Horizons to open up this month but facility administrator Jassiel Garcia said Mother Nature had other plans.

“All the water this summer delayed when we could pour the foundation, and we couldn’t put up the walls without a foundation poured,” he said. “Everything had to go in the right steps. We took the right steps. We were just delayed, unfortunately.”

Garcia said with Sheetrock going up on the interior walls in the next couple of weeks, plans are for the facility to open in February 2020.

“The progress isn’t as far as we anticipated, but we wanted to do it right,” he said. “We want a quality building.”

Friendly Horizons, which will specialize in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care, is a 9,000-square-foot facility going up at 645 First Ave. SW that will feature 16 private rooms in which each tenant has their own room.

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Jassiel Garcia, Friendly Horizons facility administrator, is also onsite almost daily helping to build the facility. His goal is to open the facility in February.

The facility is being built by South Dakota-based E&A Property Management, who will also co-own the building. E&A Property Management specializes in building assisted living facilities. According to its website, the company has two in Rapid City, SD; one in Broken Bow, NE; and another in Beatrice, NE.

“The way we came up with the design is that it’s basically a circle,” Garcia said. “Tenants will never get lost, never corner themselves in an area where they feel helpless or hopeless to find their rooms again.”

Friendly Horizons will be staffed 24/7 with 12-14 staff specifically on the day shift alone to help care for residents’ needs. Garcia hopes to begin hiring for the facility in January 2020.

“We will always have someone there to make sure needs are met,” Garcia said. “That’s our principal goal — take care of these individuals the best way we can.”

Another goal for the facility is to provide a homelike atmosphere, which includes the outside design of the residence.

“We want to be able to fit in with the community,” Garcia said. “We don’t want to stand out and look like a hospital or ‘facility.’ We want our structure that we build to look like other homes in the areas.”

Garcia has spoked to about a dozen families who’ve inquired more about Friendly Horizons.

“I was pretty excited when we first landed there as a place to build and as I meet and talk with more individuals, it’s solidified that we made the right choice in coming to Sioux Center,” Garcia said. “It’s truly been a great town to be in, has a lot of hard working individuals and people have let us know having this kind of facility has been a need for quite some time. We’re excited to help families and a community fill a gap.”

Anyone, from area residents to area hospital staff, can call Garcia to see if Friendly Horizons is the right fit for an individual or family member.

“I’d love to answer any question I can,” Garcia said.