New assisted living home opens in Park City
November 21, 2014
When Alex Witt moved to Park City 13 years ago, he spent much of his time on the slopes at Canyons Resort, as a self-described ski bum.
After eventually leaving town and going to school to become a registered nurse and join his wife’s family’s business, Witt is pleased to be back in town. He is the owner and administrator of Beehive Homes of Park City, a new assisted living home for the elderly at 241 Highland Drive.
Beehive Homes operates facilities in 17 states, including dozens in Utah, and Witt said he had long wanted to put one in Park City.
"I’ve always loved this town," he said. "We were always looking for a way to come back to Park City. We recognized a need here and jumped on the opportunity. We’re very excited to be a part of the community and to be good stewards of the neighborhood."
One of the unique aspects of the 16-bedroom home is its on-site services, Witt said. The home’s 24-hour staff — currently there are 13 full-time certified nursing assistants on staff, but that number is expected to increase to around 20 when the house becomes full — can provide assistance with many daily tasks, including eating, bathing and dressing. The facility also provides memory loss care for patients with dementia and is locked from both the inside and outside to ensure security.
Among other amenities in the rooms, which are available for both couples and individuals, are wheelchair friendly bathrooms and showers with collapsible seats. Additionally, residents have on-site access to a hair salon and a physical therapy room.
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Witt said Beehive Homes’ comprehensive services sets it apart from other assisted living facilities.
"There are some things that we’re providing that maybe not everyone else provides," he said. "But it’s important for our residents to have that all right here. They’re taken care of in most aspects here."
Another factor Witt touts is the freedom the home gives residents. They can choose how much they want to participate in the various activities the home offers, and the staff tailors care to each resident. The home is a Level 2 assisted living facility, meaning it can accept residents who can be assisted by two people, such as residents in wheelchairs. The facility is not equipped to house people who are completely bed-ridden.
"It’s important to understand what they want and what exactly they need at this point in their lives," Witt said. "We meet that need for them, plus some."
During a ribbon-cutting and open-house event Thursday, Witt led several prospective residents through tours of the single-level home, showing off the various amenities. Above everything else, he said, there’s one important factor about the home that he promotes.
"This is totally cliché, but I wouldn’t hesitate to move any of my elderly family members here," Witt said. "I can leave and come back in a month and know they’re going to get taken care of. And that really says a lot about our staff."
For more information on the home, which as of Friday had openings for residents, visit beehivehomes.com.