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New Assisted Living Community Coming to Amarillo

Multi-million dollar complex will also have a memory care unit
AMARILLO -- Amarillo's elderly population will soon have more choices when it comes to assisted living.

    A Dallas-based developer announces plans to build a new 89 unit facility near the Harrington Medical Center.

    The 63,000 square foot complex will be called "Heartis Amarillo".  It's a play on the phrase "home is where the heart is".  I will be built in west Amarillo.

    Bulldozers have already begun moving the dirt on Research street in the area north of Coffee Memorial Blood Center.

    It will have 54 assisted-living suites and a 35 bed memory care unit.

    Being able to serve 89 patients will take some of the strain off the crowded assisted-living/nursing home facilities in the panhandle.

    Lisa Hancock with the Area Agency on Aging says this will be a good sized facility to help Amarillo's growing elderly population.

    Hancock says only 5% of the nation's elderly population lives in assisted-living facilities or nursing homes.  But, the need is still high.

    For example, she says the one assisted-living facility in Amarillo that accepts Medicaid has a waiting list of at least three years.

    She says there are only three in the entire panhandle that accept Medicaid.  The other two are in Canyon and Pampa.

    "Heartis Amarillo" will have feature a theater, 50's style diner, and more.

    The facility's expected to open next fall.

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