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Guardian Care Expands Senior Healthcare Services in Orlando

The Board of Directors for Guardian Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located at 2500 West Church Street, near downtown Orlando, is excited to announce groundbreaking for a new, modern, Adult Day Healthcare Center, to be located adjacent to its Skilled Nursing Facility at 2511 West Church Street.

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, at 10:00 A.M., local elected officials and constituents will join to celebrate the start of construction on the new facility, that will provide services to up to 45-guests a day, include: Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer; Orange County Mayor-Elect, Jerry Demings; and City of Orlando Commissioner, Regina Hill.

The Black Business Investment Fund (BBIF), through its New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations created a loan pool that provided financing for the construction of the Guardian Care Adult Day Healthcare facility. The NMTC program is a Federal Government initiative that leverages capital to invest in distressed communities with a goal to foster business growth and job creation.

The new adult day healthcare center is designed to not only provide medical services and social stimulation to the guest, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, but help and support for their 24-hour a day caregiver(s), who may be an aging spouse with their own medical needs or a family member, who needs to work during daytime hours.

The new adult day healthcare center, which is scheduled to open mid-year 2019, will be located next door to Guardian Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a five-star facility, as rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Guardian Care is a landmark in the Washington Shores community. It has served Central Florida for nearly 60 years. Many African-Americans who grew up in the greater Washington Shores area during segregation were born in the original 60-bed structure, known as The Dr. Phillips Memorial Hospital for the Colored. At the time, it was the only acute hospital for the black community. Once segregation ended, the hospital was sold and later turned into a long-term skilled nursing facility. Later 60 more beds were added. Today, Guardian Care is an award-winning skilled nursing facility that provides exemplary, compassionate care to those in need of our services.

According to Dr. Alzo Reddick, Chairman of the Board of Directors, “Guardian Care has been a part of the fabric of our community for many years and our mission as its board is to ensure that Guardian Care continues to serve this community for many years to come. There has been and will continue to be those who want to cut funding for Medicaid and Medicare, the two primary payor sources for Senior Health Care. As a board of directors, we have tried to stay abreast of these changes over the years and steer the organization accordingly, that is why we are beyond excited to be adding to our inpatient services, offered in our Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation

Center, these outpatient and community services, by breaking-ground on this Adult Day Healthcare facility.”

For more information regarding Guardian Care, Inc., visit http://guardiancarenursing.com/.

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