Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for The Inn at FairviewJune 14, 2013
by Len Lathrop
As everyone was running from the rain on Friday afternoon, over 100 people were in Laurel Place dining room, which had been transformed into a meeting room and decorated in purple for the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Fairview Healthcare newest addition, The Inn at Fairview, Memory Care Assisted Living Facility.
Ann Marie Plourde, RN, Staff Development Coordinator served as the Master of Ceremonies for the afternoon, welcoming everyone and introducing many of the guests in the audience. She pointed out the decorations in purple mentioning that purple is the color of Hope and has been adopted as the color to represent Alzheimer’s disease, the lead cause of dementia in the elderly. Plourde spoke as how the Fairview’s owners, staff and residents stand together as a family of hope, to bring awareness into the community.
The principal of Fairview Healthcare, Tim Beaulieu, spoke about “The Inn” at Fairview Memory Care Assisted Living, as a state-of-the-art, assisted living facility geared toward meeting the needs of individuals with memory impairment. It will offer 45 private units, grouped in clusters of 15 units. Also in the plans for this 36,000 square foot expansion is a 3,000 square foot rehabilitation gym and 13 private rooms.
With a long breath, Beaulieu mentioned this newest phase for the Fairview Healthcare Facility has been a long time in planning since purchasing the Hardy Homestead, next to the current facility, in 2008. When the Parker’s summer house was converted to an 18 bed care center in 1951, owned by the Courville Group, from there it grew to 31 beds and in 1981 to 52 beds and today at 101. Laurel Place was opened in 1995 with 24 units. Beaulieu’s group purchased Fairview from Courville in 2007, and the following year they purchased the Hardy farm adding 3.6 acres bringing the complex’s land to just over seven acres.
Senator Sharon Carson (R, District14) mentioned that on every occasion she has had to visit Fairview she has been impressed by the concept of family from both the employees and the residents, everyone was cared for as they were a family member in the truest sense. It is not a job at Fairview; it is a labor of love. Marco LaFerriere, Hudson Chamber of Commerce President, mentioned how Fairview is a part of the Hudson community and how excited the Chamber is about the addition to the facility, the construction and the new jobs that will be created. Roger Coutu, the Hudson Selectman, mentioned it was good they saved the comedian to last. He mentioned the trials and tribulations that Fairview had to go through to prove that a swamp wasn’t wetlands. But he stated that this was a sunny day for the Town of Hudson to see this cutting edge healthcare facility expanding in our Town. He did share that he was greeted upon his arrival by smiling staff that were glad to see him here and “offered to show me a room.” He closed by sharing that he hoped he could wait for the new building as he wanted a room above the swamp.
John Poirer President of New Hampshire Health Care association followed Roger with some sobering details about the graying of New Hampshire and the need for Memory Care Facilities across our nation. Only 20 percent of the beds in the current system are for memory care and as Baby Boomers age, more will be needed. He closed with a statement that what was important was today’s families’ challenge that “home being the last place doesn’t work for everyone.”
Rich Leboeuf, the Fairview Health Administrator, thanked everyone who had made the groundbreaking event a reality and went on to relate that a resident’s family had just that morning told him that rain was good luck for a marriage and he was married to this new addition for a long time. Today he had music, a lot of chairs, many people, and good food. As he invited everyone outside, he stated that “once done this will make us stronger.”
The group broken ground outside for the new addition.