DANFORTH, Maine — A local home for individuals with intellectual disabilities is building a replacement facility thanks to a $1.4 million federal loan.
Construction has already begun to replace the aging Danforth Habilitation Residential Center, a small, home-like nursing facility for individuals diagnosed with co-existent health problems and intellectual disabilities.
According to Lynette Young of the Danforth Habilitation Association, the building used by the group dates back to 1891 and has outlived its usefulness.
“We are licensed for seven [clients], but we did not have the physical space without taking away living space from others,” Young said. “We serve adults with intellectual disabilities who also require nursing care.”
Once construction on the new building is completed — Young anticipates in June 2015 — the plan is to demolish the old one. The new facility is being built along the Baskehegan River adjacent to the existing building. The Danforth Habilitation Residential Center has one opening, and it will have space for an additional client once the new building is complete.
The new building will include five private rooms and one semi-private room, and it also features a training room, which is something that does not exist in the current facility, Young said.
“We strive to promote maximum independence in each of our clients to aid them in achieving their greatest potential,” Young said. “Our residents enjoy an active life and are well integrated into the greater community while receiving individualized assistance in meeting their specific needs.”
The health care facility is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week for adults 18 and older.
The project is being made possible by the loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office.
The Danforth Habilitation Association also owns two assisted living homes, Sandy Brook and Central Street, and Birchwood Hills, a community supports program.
“We are so excited and cannot wait to get into our new building,” Young said of the residential center. “There are so many things that will be better to provide services for our residents. It’s been a long-time in coming.”