Roanoke County Supervisors Vice Chairman Martha Hooker talks about Richfield Living’s history in the county at the May 1 groundbreaking for a new household model skilled nursing facility, independent living apartments and villas.

The future skilled nursing facility will be the first “household model” in the Roanoke Valley, according to President and CEO, George Child. Child was one of the speakers at the May 1 event on the campus on West Main Street just south of the Salem City limits.

“We want to show you some wonderful changes,” Richfield Living Board of Director’s Chair Melinda Payne told the crowd gathered under a tent outside The Oaks assisted living residence.

The initial buildings in the $58-million “Project Home” should be completed by 2020, leaders promise, with 140 new independent living apartments and villas and a Town Center around the lake on the side where the Recovery and Care Center is now located.

After a new home-like skilled nursing facility is built, nursing care residents will move and the RCC will be torn down. A second skilled nursing center with 116 beds is planned on a new Roanoke City campus on Mecca Drive which will…

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