CLIFTON PARK — A nursing home based in Clifton Park for people with memory impairment is seeking state approval for a $3.3 million expansion project.
Peregrine Senior Living, located at 1 Emma Lane, plans to construct a 8,320-square-foot addition to the current building that will provide space for an additional 12 beds for a total of 64, according to an application filed with the state Department of Health.
The project is estimated to cost $3.3 million, according to the application. Construction is slated to take approximately 10 months.
The project has already received the green light from the Clifton Park Planning Board, with state approval being the final roadblock to the start of construction.
“They’re good on our end,” Clifton Park’s Director of Planning John Scavo said on Wednesday. While Clifton Park has a wide variety of medical options, both emergency and non-emergency, available to residents, Scavo said that the nursing homes specifically help to fill a niche for senior citizens in Clifton Park who would like to remain in town, but can no longer live at home.
Oftentimes, he said, a long waiting list at a facility is proof of enough for the state to approve an expansion.
“The family members live in town, they can visit more frequently,” Scavo said.
The Peregrine Facility, previously called Beacon Pointe Memory Care Community, is a memory care community that provides 24-hour support to residents. Currently, the facility has 46 rooms with 52 total beds. The expansion will adds 15 units, with three old units being re-purposed for dining and common area space.
The specific population served are individuals who are approximately 60 years old or older, with a primary diagnosis of memory impairment, the application states.
The addition will also create an enclosed interior courtyard with walking paths, along with additional program and administrative areas, according to the documents filed with the state. Each additional resident apartment includes a bathroom with a walk-in shower.
The increase in beds will require two additional full-time care aides on each of the day and evening shifts, for a total of 5.6 additional full-time jobs. Site work includes increased parking and relocation of a water main. The project is designed to match the existing architecture.
The addition will be built by Clifton Park-based BBL Construction Services. The company has worked on various other senior care facility projects, including Peregrine Senior Living at Colonie.
In its application to the state, the facility argued that it had already established a foothold in the Clifton Park community, and would be able to better serve a larger number of seniors with the extra beds.
“There is clearly a need for additional memory care beds and particularly private and those with enhanced services increasing the opportunity for seniors to age in place,” Peregrine said in the application. “[Peregrine ] has been actively integrated into, and supportive of, the senior services network in Clifton Park and surrounding areas including Clifton Park Senior Center, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, and Saratoga County Office for the Aging. It is felt that with the additional beds and enhanced services, [Peregrine] could better serve this area’s residents who are suffering from memory loss and related complications.”