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June 19, 2014

New assisted living facility in Mayo to open June 23

Mayo — Homewood Lodge, a new assisted living facility, will be opening soon in the town of Mayo. Owners Gary Sorenson, Milton Smith and Michael Bay were awaiting licensure from the state of Florida, according to Administrative Assistant Jessica Murphy.

Homewood Lodge is located at 430 SE Mills St. in Mayo in a serene, wooded area that is both secure and offers a home-like environment with 24 hour personalized care for its residents. The owners also have a facility in Lake City called Eastside Care and plans are in the works to build another facility in Fort White.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA) inspected Homewood Lodge last week in order to qualify them for their operational license as an assisted living facility and Murphy confirmed they passed and are just waiting on the paperwork to arrive.

Homewood Lodge is a 36 bed facility that includes closet space and bathrooms for its residents, as well as two large common areas. There are four private rooms and the rest are semi-private. Murphy said if need be they can make more private rooms. Onsite there is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for any patient cardiac issues.

Murphy said she believed the site used to be a mental health assisted living facility, so it is basically already set up to suit their needs. She said Smith has already done a lot of upgrades to the interior. Minor rehab work is still in progress.

“We’re still putting the last touches on it and we’re hoping to be open June 23,” said Murphy.

Staff will be onsite June 23, and there will be a grand opening event next month.

There will be many services provided, such as housekeeping, laundry, assistance with daily living activities, a variety of social, educational and recreational activities and a central dining program that includes three meals a day and snacks.

Some of the outdoor activities the residents can participate in will include making a flower garden and a vegetable garden at the rear of the fenced in property where giant oak trees will offer shade for picnic tables. An added bonus will be using those grown vegetables in the kitchen and incorporating them into the daily meals, Murphy said. There will also be trips to the park and trips to the spa for the ladies.

Job interviews have already begun for caretakers, housekeeping, laundry help and cooks.

“We look forward to serving the community,” said Murphy. “Not just Mayo, but the surrounding areas, as well.”

For more information about Homewood Lodge, please call 386-294-2273.

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