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Andy Atkinson / Mail TribuneMatt Tartaglio talks with Robert Coplen of ESSEX Construction at the new Pear Valley Senior Living, being built in the Twin Creeks area of Central Point.

Twin Creeks adds senior living

CENTRAL POINT — More than 80 residential units for senior living will open at Twin Creeks Crossing along Haskell Street this Fall.

The community dubbed Pear Valley Senior Living will feature 60 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care studios, providing a range of care and allowing residents to “age in place” should they need memory care.

Matt Tartaglio of Eagle Point was recently named campus administrator for Pear Valley, owned by Compass Senior Living of Eugene. Tartaglio moved to the Rogue Valley five years ago and most recently has been the administrator of an independent and assisted living community in Grants Pass. Tartaglio said the project should be completed by November.

Compass Senior Living currently operates 22 independent, assisted living and memory care communities in seven states.

Offering a tour of Pear Valley this week, Tartaglio pointed to wood molding details on doors and windows, high ceilings, sky lighting and wide-open areas throughout the buildings.

Plans call for a full-service kitchen and dining experience with a chef, wait staff offering meals throughout the day, library and fitness center and activities and games for residents.

The memory care unit will offer private suites for residents, with 12 units on each side of the building, walk-in bathrooms with marble sinks and roll-in showers and large picture windows.

“For me, with any place that I’m serving as the administrator, I don’t like to use the term facility. It’s a community and a home,” he said, noting he wanted employees and residents to feel at home and happy with where they live or work.

“We want to educate and get away from some of the stigmas of senior care. We’re already getting inquiries and we think everyone who visits us will be really impressed with what we’ve created here.”

Tartaglio said the assisted living units of Pear Valley would offer a range of care levels, with basic residency being as simple as seniors who have a private studio and only need meal prep.

“We have options for independent folks that don’t need assistance to be able to live here, too,” he said.

“They can move into our beautiful place and just age in place so that, when they get to that place they need a little more help, they’re already here.”

He added, “When you get older, the more moves you make, the harder it gets. We want to offer a solution to that.”

Interested seniors can apply and pay a $500 deposit, even selecting their room prior to opening day. The company offers a lifetime rate agreement, meaning rates won’t go up even if care level should change.

Tartaglio said the lifetime rate was a unique selling point for seniors and their families.

“There’s just really a big need for senior living communities, especially in our valley, and a huge part of that need is for memory care. There are a lot of existing buildings that were doing assisted living or independent and have been converting units to memory care to meet the demand.”

Pear Valley is located at 800 N. Haskell St.. For more info, call 541-630-3038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Online: compass-living.com.

Reach Medford freelance writer Buffy Pollock at buffyp76@yahoo.com.

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