Avanti Senior Living said it will break ground later this year on a $20 million community at the corner of Burbank Drive and Highland Road in Baton Rouge and a $15 million development at Ambassador Caffery Parkway and Frem Boustany Drive in Lafayette.
The company, based in suburban Houston, also plans to begin work later this year on a similar development in Covington. The company plans to close on an undisclosed site in the city by late fall.
Both Avanti at Highland and Avanti at Lafayette will be 77,000-square-foot developments, with 50 assisted-living suites and 40 suites designed specifically for people with memory impairment. Both facilities will employ 60 people. The Lafayette operation is scheduled to open at the end of 2016 and the Baton Rouge facility in early 2017.
Lori Juneau-Alford, chief operating officer, said the Avanti senior living centers will be open for elderly adults who need someone to help cook, care and clean for them. While the memory impairment suites are open to people with Alzheimer’s, the facilities are not licensed to provide skilled nursing care. “These are for people with basic health care needs, who may need help bathing, dressing or grooming themselves,” Juneau-Alford said.
The senior care centers will be laid out like “a boutique hotel,” with a focus on personalized individual care, as opposed to making residents conform to a “one-size-fits-all” schedule. “We want this to be where you would want to go and live in yourself,” she said.
Avanti is currently preparing to open its first community in Cypress, Texas, located in suburban Houston, in the next two months. The company also plans to open another Houston-area development, along with communities in San Antonio and metro Dallas.
Avanti is eyeing more locations in Louisiana. “We think there’s a need to offer seniors and their families a different variety of care,” Juneau-Alford said.
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