By Zachary Pena Staff Reporter
Assisted living for Dewitt seniors is in high demand, and one care facility’s owner wants to provide more.
Theresa Alvarado, owner of Addie’s Place at 11525 Wood Road, has applied for a special use permit to operate a 20-bed senior care facility, an upgrade from her six-bed establishment.
Alvarado first contacted the township months ago to explore expansion opportunities, said Tory Niewiadomski, DeWitt Planning Commission’s planning assistant.
Niewiadomski said the facts will be presented at the planning commission’s next meeting in March, and a decision “may or may not be made.”
He said in addition to residents within 300 feet of Addie’s Place, the health department, road commission and drain commission must be able to publicly voice concerns before any expansion is allowed to begin.
Alvarado said the expansion of her facility is a necessity.
“There is quite a need for additional space,” said Alvarado. “There is a high demand for residential care in DeWitt, and additional beds would alleviate some of that demand.” Ralph Mason, owner of Rosewood AFC of DeWitt, said he could testify to the high demand for senior care homes such as Addie’s Place and Rosewood AFC.
“There’s a lot more to the industry, but (the demand is high) because of the aging population and the sandwich generation of baby boomers trying to care for their parents and children at the same time,” he said.
The next DeWitt planning department meeting is slated for March 4 at 7 p.m. at the DeWitt Charter Township Hall.