Work may begin sometime this summer on a senior care center that has been years in the talking stage.
The South Valley Adult Daycare and Respite Center will go up adjacent to the already-existing South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center at 2008 Larrazola Road in the city’s South Valley.
The facility will be designed especially for those who need supervised care, and will include 3,500 square feet of interior space, offices, and a lobby with a design that will emphasize natural lighting.
A joint project between the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, the project was first proposed to State Representative Miguel Garcia in 1997 by a group of area seniors.
Although the work on the multipurpose center launched in 2010, funding for the respite center proved elusive.
In a press conference announcing the project, Garcia noted that a number of the seniors who first suggested the idea to him have since passed away. “They would have qualified to be a part of this center because they were in that kind of a health situation where they were in need of respite care,” he said.
Although the project is ready to become a reality, both city and county officials say they are seeking addition funding for the respite center in this year’s regular session of the New Mexico State Legislature.
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