McDowell Place has a waiting list


McDowell Place of Danville has a waiting list for prospective residents.

Many senior adults find it necessary to change their living arrangements as they age and choose not to live by themselves in their own home. McDowell Place of Danville, an independent and assisted living community, is available to provide a secure home to adults who find themselves in such a situation.

McDowell Place has been open since 2000 and has leased nearly all of its 98 residences. With that in mind, the facility's management is encouraging individuals who think they may move there in the future to put their name on a waiting list.

"Individuals who are on our waiting list receive first priority for our available apartments," said Susan Matherly, director of assisted living.


Matherly said some individuals have already used a waiting list to secure their apartment at McDowell Place while they make the necessary arrangements to move to their new home or as they await a particular apartment style.

Individuals who place their name on a waiting list are asked to pay a move-in fee, which holds their apartment for at least 30 days. Individuals who are not expecting to move in for several months do not have to pay a move-in fee until they actually select a specific apartment and are making steps to move in, Matherly said.

Matherly is pleased that the facility is nearly full.

"The fact that we are reaching capacity shows that we're meeting the needs of seniors in our community," she said. "It shows we've definitely filled a gap that previously existed in Danville."

McDowell Place offers four levels of residences: independent living, assisted living, personal care and respite care. The facility also allows individuals to "try out" McDowell Place by renting an apartment for a month or two.

According to Matherly, some of the residents at McDowell Place have been there since the facility opened while others are new residents. Nationwide, an individual lives in an assisted living facility for an average of 18 months, she said.

"We encourage individuals to move into our facility while they are still active and can enjoy the variety of activities that we offer," Matherly said. "Living at McDowell Place can enhance the quality of an individual's life."

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