Summerville at Virginia Creek holds open house today |

Summerville at Virginia Creek holds open house today

by Merrie Leininger

The public will get its first look at the independent and assisted living apartments at Summerville at Virginia Creek today, Feb. 27, at an open house.

Executive Director Mark Lanier described Summerville as the only continuing care retirement community in Nevada. The facility, at 1565 Virginia Ranch Road behind Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville, has four areas for people who want to live independently, residents who need a little more assistance, those with Alzheimer’s and a center which offers skilled nursing and special care services delivered on-site by Barton Memorial Hospital.

“If you worked in this field, you would know it is a really neat deal, it is the only one in Nevada. It is the first continuum of care in the state – that’s one of the reasons it drew me,” he said.

The independent living apartments offer rooms with balconies or patios and a garden area. The 49 rooms each have a convection oven and a mini-refrigerator/freezer. In addition, the center offers housekeeping and two meals a day served in the dining room. A full social schedule will also be arranged by the center. Those single apartments start at $1,495 a month, which includes all utilities and cable.

Those who need more assistance can choose from 30 rooms which all have a mini refrigerator/freezer and a microwave. For about $2,000 a month, residents get three meals a day and help from personal care attendants and nurses.

“A lot of grandmas and grandpas are fine and can take care of themselves, but my grandpa is starting to get forgetful and grandma doesn’t get around as well as she used to,” Lanier said. “Living here, they wouldn’t have to worry about cooking, cleaning, safety – and they would have social activities and do things regularly with other people.”

There are already plans to build 40 more apartments on the assisted living wing later this summer.

Summerbrook is the name of the Alzheimer’s wing that will provide complete security for the residents of the 24 rooms. Costs have not been approved for Summerbrook, Lanier said.

The skilled nursing center has 60 beds and will be run by Barton Medical Center. The costs will be set by Barton.

Virginia Creek plans to open in June and another open house is planned for sometime in May.

The center is hiring about 100 employees between now and then – directors of nursing and recreation in the next couple of months and housekeeping, maintenance, dietary and personal care attendants in May.

The open house will be today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Model apartments are available even though construction is still going on and the landscaping is not done. However, Lanier said the land around the center will be green and a walking path will surround the whole complex.

The $15 million facility originated with Gardnerville residents Greg Painter and Phil Shapiro, but is now owned by Summerville, of Alexandria, Va. Summerville has developed 36 retirement communities across the country.

Lanier said the complex is set on 10 acres and owners plan to keep expanding, including a possible day center for seniors.

Lanier said about a third of the apartments are reserved already, but anyone can come by to look at the studios and one bedroom models seven days a week.

“We see a lot of the children looking for a place for their parents who may live out of state and they need a little looking after now, so they need a place closer to family,” he said. “This is a great climate for an elderly person, it has low humidity and is not real hot. Many people are moving here just for climate reasons – plus, it is just beautiful here.”

For more information, call Summerville at Virginia Creek at 782-3100.