HOT SPRINGS-Fall River Health Services (FRHS) will complete their Seven Sisters Living Center expansion later this summer.
August 1 is the scheduled official opening of the expansion. An open house will happen sometime in late July.
According to FRHS CEO Tricia Uhlir, Seven Sisters Living Center was full several times last year and the facility was unable to take on more residents.
She said, "We found ourselves full and unable to take on residents from the community, and our goal is to keep residents here close to their families."
11 new private nursing home rooms will be added in the expansion, bringing the total number of beds in the facility up from 48 to 59 and the total number of private rooms up from 16 to 27.
Each new room will be equipped with a ceiling lift making each new space safer for both residents and staff.
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In total, the expansion cost FRHS $2.5 million and expanded the facility by 7,200 square feet.
FRHS originally wanted more rooms when they constructed Seven Sisters Living Center in December of 2014, but due to a state moratorium on new nursing home beds, they were unable to build more with the original construction.
However, they did have the foresight to prepare the land for the addition if an opportunity ever arose.
Then, several years ago, the state allocated more beds to West River facilities. FRHS jumped at the opportunity and was awarded the new beds in December of 2017. Construction began less than a year later in October of 2018.
FRHS President, Rich Olstad, said reported the entire project was able to be completed without displacing any current residents from their rooms.
In addition to the new nursing home rooms, eight new offices and a new education room were also added. The education room functions as a private meeting space for staff, residents and family members.