The Norwalk retirement community will receive almost $3 million to convert independent living units to assisted living ones.
Congressman Jim Himes, Senator Richard Blumenthal, and Kingsway Senior Housing Facility announced on Friday that the retirement community in the city will receive a grant of $2,836,302 to take the 28 independent living units and convert them into accessible assisted living units.
According to Himes and Blumenthal, the grant will allow for the construction of new commercial kitchen, which will serve three meals per day.
“This has been a tremendous effort from our Board, staff, and residents. I would also like to thank numerous City of Norwalk officials for endorsing this initiative along with Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Jim Himes for their work at the federal level to help make this important project a reality,” said Kingsway Executive Director Michael Kennedy. “The overall winners here are our residents, who can now enjoy the peace of mind that their aging needs can now be met with consistent, quality care, right here at their home in Kingsway.”
The project will allow elderly residents already living in Kingsway Apartments to receive the support they require while remaining in an environment where they feel comfortable. The new units will help in assisting elderly individuals with the activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and home management.
The entire project will be funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development through its Assisted Living Conversion Program. Construction is expected to 18 months and is earmarked to begin in early 2012.