The public got an inside look at a new assisted living center opening its doors next week in Wymore during an open house Friday.
Residents will start moving into Hope Wymore, owned by Hope Cooperative Care, a Plattsmouth-based organization, on Tuesday.
Dave Campbell, who co-owns Hope Cooperative Care with his wife, Sarah, said the Wymore location will specifically cater to residents with behavioral issues.
“I call it behavioral health assisted living, although there’s no moniker from the state like that,” he said. “We choose to only work with people with behavioral health issues. That runs from clinical depression up through schizophrenia. We also have people who have traumatic brain injuries and have intellectual disabilities.”
Seven residents will move in on Tuesday. The facility is licensed for up to 62, though Campbell said the number will hover around 50.
Residents will be allowed to come and go as they please from the facility. Campbell said they’re looking for a certain type of resident, and added the reception from the Wymore community has been nearly all positive.
“There’s harm to self and there’s harm to others, if you had to put them in categories,” he said. “We take harm to self. We created an environment for them that is positive minded.”
Hope Wymore is located in the downtown building formerly occupied by the Wymore Good Samaritan Center, which closed in the summer of 2017.
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The closure was the result of issues related to the availability of residents and employees, the organization said at that time. The center had around 19 residents and 40 employees.
Campbell said the building didn’t require much renovation, and the main changes were replacing carpet, tile and bathroom fixtures.
When fully staffed, the facility will have around 25 employees.
Pamela Spier-Edmond, Hope Wymore’s daytime services coordinator and lifelong resident of Wymore, said the community is lucky to have Hope Wymore move in and fill the void left when the Good Samaritan Center closed.
“Having Good Sam leave was a big blow, but in the back of your mind you know what a great building this is and what a great town this is,” she said. “Every town has its faults, but it’s a great town. We have a lot of younger people really trying to step up.”
In addition to being good for the town, she added there’s a serious need for facilities willing to help people like the residents Hope Wymore will assist.
“Working in this field, I do know that there is a need for assisted living homes for people with mental health issues,” Spier-Edmond said. “It’s out there. We preach mental health, but then lack the facilities to keep people medicated. The last thing you’re going to worry about when you don’t have a home is medication. This area, while we don’t have a lot of homeless, we do have homeless.”