This open flat land in downtown Elkins may not seem like much at the moment, but there’s big plans afoot there, thanks to a partnership between the Woodlands Development Group and Davis Medical Center.
The site is the future home of the Grace Davis Residences, a new complex planned by the group to provide housing for the rising senior population in the area.
“Elkins was in need and this region was in need of senior housing, and would the hospital be supportive of that? And I said absolutely because healthcare’s headed in the same direction,” said Davis Medical Center CEO Vance Jackson.
The new facility’s design was chosen after a survey of seniors in the area conducted by the development group highlighted a quickly growing proportion of seniors in the county’s population. Executive Director Dave Clark said the 11 units to be built are designed to accommodate what seniors asked for.
“We saw what most seniors were really looking for are to be living somewhere in town, close to services. The hospital is right there of course, downtown is right here, the senior center, the YMCA, all the downtown stores, and they also didn’t want to live in a large senior building,” Clark said.
The units’ future residents will have access to health care and one meal each day from the hospital, which is just across the street, as well as utilities and security. Hospital staff said it fits the model of prevention in health care that they are trying to promote.
“We need to be more engaged with the communities we serve and not just serving them when they get sick or when they get injured but saying how can we help you stay healthy so that you never need the most expensive services that we offer,” said Jackson.