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 by Matthew Causer, Holcad Writer

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– There are signs of change in the town of New Wilmington as the Shenango on the Green assisted living center is expanding onto the grounds of the former Sigma Nu Fraternity House.

Sigma Nu house demolished in 2015. Source: wcn247

Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care, owners of Shenango on the Green, is proposing to build 12 one-story patio homes for senior citizens on property located off Route 956, also known as South Market Street. The site, which is south of Village Lane, is the location of the former Sigma Nu house that was closed down and razed a few years ago.

The Lawrence County Planning Commission at its public meeting on Wednesday reviewed a land development plan for the proposal. The commission’s comments in its review will be forwarded to the borough for consideration in approving the development, according to the New Castle News.

“We feel that there is a great opportunity to serve an aging population in a way that encourages independent living,” said Lisa Fischetti, Shenango on the Green Communications Director. “The main reason for moving (the apartments) to that (Sigma Nu) property is due to the location of the current campus.  The apartments that are being built would be for independent living residents. We believe that when you live in a community like that, it creates a comfort factor for those living there. These are people who are perfectly healthy but need help with everyday tasks. We have received approval to build 12 one patio apartments for that area, due to its proximity to the main campus.”

In addition to this, the main campus of Shenango on the Green has apartments for assisted living, patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia patients and Skilled Nursing and Care patients. Fischetti emphasized that the units being constructed would be used exclusively for the independent living residents and that others would remain at the main campus facilities.

As residents and community members continued to desire individualized and affordable means of aging in place, Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care continued to offer person-centered care but began to envision a setting where seniors were able to live independently in apartment-style communities. With that vision, independent living apartments were born.

The building ground broke on Oct. 18, 2000. Improvements to the existing building included the addition of Woodside at Shenango, a dedicated wing for residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

On Nov. 2, 2002, they welcomed the first residents to the independent living community. In 2016, Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care, after receiving 25 years of management consulting services, signed an affiliation agreement with Presbyterian Senior Care Network.

Today, Shenango on the Green continues to focus on resident needs through person-centered care. Residents enjoy a worry-free environment in which they have available a continuum of care as their needs change, all according to their history on their official website.

Shenango on the Green is part of the Presbyterian Senior Care network, which spans ten counties as part of a network of senior care and aging adult services in western Pennsylvania.

“Since 1928, Presbyterian Senior Care network has established and today delivers a continuum of living care options for individuals of all faiths. In 2017, more than 6,500 older adults and persons with disabilities were served across 53 communities in 10 western Pennsylvania counties,” according to the 2018 annual report from Presbyterian Senior Care network.

Presbyterian Senior Care network has also stated that one of its goals is to increase its employee and workforce development by offering training to future nurses and care providers by generating opportunities and interest in the field.

They were awarded a $725,000 grant from a local foundation to develop a high school pathways program that will seek to equip and train the next generation of care providers according to their annual report.

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