Heron’s Key, a continuing care retirement community already more than 60 percent reserved, has recently been granted a Certificate of Need — an essential milestone allowing the facility to offer private on-site nursing beds to its residents. The community is expected to open in Gig Harbor in early 2017.
The Certificate of Need process, regulated and granted by the Washington State Department of Health, requires health care providers to receive state approval before building specific types of facilities or offering new or expanded services.
Economic and financial landscapes are changing the way seniors are aging today. Not only do seniors want to retire in a location central to friends and family, they want to ensure that amenities and services they may need down the road are close by as well.
As the first true Life Care continuing care retirement community in Pierce County, Heron’s Key will accommodate the changing needs of residents throughout the aging process. Anticipated construction of the $150 million development will commence summer of 2015, and when completed will include 194 apartment and cottage homes, 36 assisted living suites and 45 skilled nursing private rooms, and will be Medicare certified.
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“Heron’s Key is committed to becoming the premier location for retirement living in Gig Harbor,” said Lisa Hardy, president and CEO of Emerald Communities, sponsor of Heron’s Key, in a press release. “Reaching this milestone keeps our team on track to put shovels in the ground this summer.”
Heron’s Key is situated on nearly 18 acres in lush woodland in the Harbor Hill neighborhood of Gig Harbor. The facility aims to provide top-notch services and amenities to people ages 55 and older in the aspects of independent, assisted living and skilled nursing.