A new $13 million assisted living center in Lutz is under construction, and set to open in August.
Angels Senior Living at Lodges of Idlewild, located at 18440 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., in Lutz, will have 94 units to serve about 100 residents, according to Daniel Almendares, corporate operations manager at Angels Senior Living.
The 85,000-square-foot facility expects to employ 45 people.
As part of the assisted living experience, residents will be aided in hygiene, ambulating, keeping track of medications, and dining.
In addition to assisted living, Lodges of Idlewild will offer both memory care and independent living services.
The memory care program, designed for residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, will be a “secured unit” with a higher staffing ratio for additional attention.
The independent living program features independent apartments where residents can pay for “a la carte services” and transition into the assisted living facility when needed.
A rough estimate for the monthly cost for a resident to live at the facility is $4,000, Almendares said.
The two best options for financial assistance for senior care is through the Medicaid Managed Long Term Care program, or the Veteran’s Aid (VA) and Attendance program attained by serving in a war, according to Angels Senior Living’s website.
The Medicaid route requires being on Medicaid and then applying for the program to pay an amount that may total 25 percent to 50 percent of monthly rent.
The veteran’s aid option requires an application through the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Financial assistance in this program varies.
The location of the senior living center “fit well into our geographic offerings,” Almendares said, adding that its proximity to the Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz is a bonus.
“We want to develop a tight-knit relationship with the church and the patrons, and for our residents to enjoy the services offered on such an already beautiful campus,” he said. “The placement along a major thoroughfare only improves the ease for family members to visit their loved ones on the way from work, school, or (coming) from errands.”
To help promote social interaction, there will be activity rooms for games, arts and crafts, and exercise.
“The activities for all our residents are there to entertain and provide a higher quality of life beyond just great care,” Almendares said.
Angels Senior Living operates a total of nine other locations throughout Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
There are three facilities in North Tampa alone — Connerton Court in Land O’ Lakes, Angels Senior Living at New Tampa on North 42nd Street, and Shady Palms on North Florida Avenue.
Angels Senior Living has not yet determined who will be the executive director to oversee the day-to-day operations at Lodges of Idlewild, Almendares said.
Angels Senior Living at Lodges of Idlewild
What: A $13 million, 85,000-square-foot assisted living facility with 94 units
Where: 18440 Exciting Idlewild Blvd., in Lutz
Opening date: August 2016
Key Programs: Assisted living, memory care and independent living
For information, call (813) 886-2023, or visit AngelsSeniorLiving.com.
Published February 10, 2016