Charles House-Winmore has opened its eldercare doors to six residents who participate in person-centered living facilitated by round-the-clock staff and volunteers in a 2,450-square-foot house in the Winmore neighborhood off Homestead Road in Chapel Hill.
This house of six bedrooms and 3.5 baths was built at a cost of $425,000 by Kovens Construction Company, one of four custom home builders at Winmore. Capkov Ventures developed the new-home neighborhood of Winmore on a tract of farmland that had been in the Hogan family since 1716 (winmorecommunity.com/about/history).
Built in Carrboro’s extraterritorial jurisdiction but with a Chapel Hill mailing address, Winmore blends the old with the new by offering single-family, detached homes along paved sidewalks that lead to Phillips Square, a mixed-use retail center and condominium homes. The bridge to Winmore also leads to playgrounds, Legacy Academy for Children, and now Charles House-Winmore.
Located at 112 Della Street in Winmore, the Charles House eldercare home offers compassionate, respectful, high-quality, personalized elder care for six residents. It is patterned after the organization’s first eldercare house, opened three years ago on Yorktown Drive in Heritage Hills, a wooded neighborhood centered around a swimming and tennis recreation center and nature trails along a creek of the Cape Fear River watershed.
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“It took five years to make Charles House-Yorktown a reality,” Klever told a packed audience of friends at the Charles House Association 25th Anniversary Celebration in late September. “It took five minutes to decide to do Charles House-Winmore.”
The average age of Americans is increasing, Klever said. The Orange County population over 65 is going to double in the next 15 years. And, he said, there is a culture change happening in long-term care moving away from institutionalization to places of normalization — where residents are seen first as individuals.
“Our motto of ‘helping people age the way they have lived,’ is the basis for how we interact,” Klever said.
The is true at the daytime eldercare center and both eldercare homes, although daily activities there are structured as they would be around family life as it is lived in a neighborhood, Klever said.The cost of living in a Charles House Eldercare Home is $5,800 per month ($69,600 annually). The staff-to-resident ratio is 1:3 during the day and 1:6 at night; much higher than the staff-to-resident ratios in larger care facilities, Klever said.
According to a market survey by Genworth, in Durham-Chapel Hill, annual median costs for long-term care vary from $15,860 for Adult Day Health Care to $48,000 in an Assisted Living Center and $94,944 for private room Nursing Home Care. www.genworth.com/corporate/about-genworth/industry-expertise/state-maps.html Currently, annual costs can run more than $80,000 in assisted living and more than $100,000 in some skilled nursing facilities, Klever said.
The cost of attending Charles House Daytime Eldercare is $85 for a Full-day and $67 for a Half-day. Currently 22 participants and 50 families participate in the programs offered at the house on Hillcrest Avenue that opened in 1990.
“It took six years for Bettie Bradford and her supporters to make Charles House happen 24 years ago,” Klever said. “We are hoping during our 25th year to raise the funds needed to expand Charles House services and to launch the Center for Caregiving in the Sunrise Road. We hope it will it will be a vital service to the community for the next 25 years.
“Caregiving families in our community need and deserve our support as they carry out their labors of love. At Charles House I work with people who bring the very best of themselves every day,” Klever said.