Larger Haven dining room open; community center nearly ready |

Larger Haven dining room open; community center nearly ready

Getting bigger and better

Blythe Terrell
Residents at The Haven Assisted Living Center have more room to move around in their expanded dining room. From left: Myrtle Rhodes, Florence Schinto, May Ravenscroft, Lydia Rader and Don Morgan show off the new space Monday.
Blythe Terrell

The first segment of the Haven Assisted Living Center’s expansion has opened to good reviews.

The enlarged dining room, now more than twice its original size, was unveiled for the third annual Halloween party at the center in eastern Hayden. About 85 children attended the Oct. 31 event with their parents, Haven Administrator Karen Burley said.

“Everybody really had a good time,” she said.

Haven resident Myrtle Rhodes said she enjoyed the festivities.

“It was cute,” Rhodes said. “The kids were so dressed up.”

Hayden High School’s National Honor Society organizes the carnival, where children dress in costume, play games, visit a “haunted” room and decorate cookies.

Math teacher Betty Fink, who is in her second year of advising the honor society, said the additional space was a big help.

“It was very nice to have that because we had a lot more room to run around,” Fink said.

The Haven’s expansion will include more than the larger dining area. Office space and a room for adult day care services have been added, Burley said. The Haven is taking calls for people interested in enrolling someone in adult day care, she said.

The Haven will be able to accommodate eight adults a day. Candidates for the service include not only older people who need daytime care but also adults who have mental disabilities, Burley said.

“If you’re afraid when you leave your loved one by himself, you need to be calling us,” she said.

Those who need care don’t have to stay all day, every day, Burley said.

“We’re going to gear this program for the needs of our community,” she said.

Across the walkway from the assisted living center’s expansion sits a new building: the Haven Community Center. The building, which smells of fresh paint, hasn’t opened yet. A grand opening is scheduled for Dec. 5, Burley said.

The handicap-accessible building will include meeting space, an Internet cafe, and an area to be used for physical therapy and a community exercise room, she said.

“It’s an opportunity for really anybody in the community to just have a place to work out,” Burley said.

The large meeting room has a warming kitchen, a deck and partitions that allow it to be split into three smaller rooms. Plans haven’t been finalized for the Internet cafe, said Donna Hackley, program evaluation and special projects coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Association.

TCD is the general contractor for the project, which Hackley said was “completely on schedule.”

Haven officials are soliciting groups that might want to hold meetings at the new center, Burley said. The assisted living center may offer food service and cleaning at the community center, for a fee, she said. The income would help cover the cost of operating the building, Burley said.

The Haven would offer drinks or food in the morning and then three lunch menu options, she said.

“We could really offer people the opportunity to have a complete meeting setup where all you do is show up,” Burley said.