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Lexington nursing home in new hands

Lexington Place Assisted Living staff members, from left, chef Stephanie Peshek, licensed practical nurse Kim Moore, resident care assistant Amanda Cain and owner/operator Ed Fabian stand inside a comfy common area at the facility located at 2345 Lexington Ave., Salem. Formerly known as Courtyard at Lexington, the assisted living home is under new ownership with a new name and a new license issued by the Ohio Department of Health. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

SALEM — Lexington Place Assisted Living is offering senior citizens a comfortable, affordable new place to call home.

The facility located at 2345 Lexington Ave., Salem, is under new ownership with a new name and a new license for residential care issued last month by the Ohio Department of Health.

“We’re here to serve the community,” owner/operator Ed Fabian said.

Fabian acquired the former Courtyard at Lexington facility on Jan. 1 after the previous owner experienced licensing issues and had to reduce the home’s population to two residents.

Lexington Place Assisted Living has seven residents so far, which includes the two residents who had already been there, but has room for 32. Fabian said the goal is to get filled up in the next couple of months. He also wants to expand the workforce to 20. Currently the facility has seven staff members, many who remained from the previous operation, but that number will rise as the number of residents increases.

Fabian is no stranger to the Salem area. A Boardman resident, he has owned and operated Grace Woods Senior Living of Salem on Benton Road since 2007. Originally from Hermitage, Pa., he’s worked in the assisted living/nursing home industry since earning a degree at Penn State in health policy and administration. In 2004, he stepped out on his own with a facility in Niles, but then sold it when he acquired the former Twin Oaks, which was renamed to Grace Woods.

For Fabian, it’s all about catering to the needs of the individual. As a licensed residential care facility, Lexington Place offers nursing services and administering of medications. He calls it “change of condition management.”

“Our job is to meet the person’s needs as they change over time,” he said.

The facility brings in community health, skilled services, access to labs, x-rays and hospice care/end-of-life care, which extends the footprint of services available to residents. There are different levels of care. He described what’s offered as a hybrid medical model, with in-house medical resources and community-based medical resources.

“It’s just a coordinated effort to allow a person to age in place. I think we’re providing a service within the community that’s affordable,” he said.

All the rooms are single occupancy, although there are a few that can be made double, such as for a couple. Rates range from $100 to $112 per day, with no hidden costs or fees or long-term contracts or turning over of assets. It’s private pay. Grace Woods also offers Medicaid waivers.

Lexington Place is an all-inclusive facility, with nursing staff to coordinate medication and care, home-cooked meals, housekeeping, laundry and activity programming. He said it’s not transaction-driven, but service-driven.

The building was constructed in 1991 and he said it’s in good condition and was well-maintained. Plans call for some updating of the outside of the building and some technology upgrades. There are woods behind the building and deer have been known to visit the yard.

Nursing services are available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a nurse on call at night. A registered nurse consultant oversees the nursing staff consisting of licensed practical nurses and works with attending physicians. A dietician oversees meal services. Resident care assistants are always there, helping residents with all their needs. Criminal background checks and health screenings are done on staff and there’s Covid testing every week.

Fabian said the pandemic has been hard on everyone. Visitation is limited to half an hour to a resident’s room with only two people and visitors are screened for temperature and asked how they’re feeling. Social distancing is required.

Each resident has an individualized service plan to address their needs, with the goal to enhance their lifestyle. Care can be brought in, such as physical therapy and even a psychologist if needed. The facility is clean and it’s like a community, a family.

“We try to cover all the bases, but we’re always looking to try to do better,” Fabian said.

The Lexington Place Assisted Living website talks about the services provided to assist with daily living and about the atmosphere and feeling of home.

Visit www.lexingtonplaceassistedliving.com to learn more about the facility which focuses on “service with compassion” or call 330-337-1730. There’s also a Facebook page and a YouTube video of Fabian talking about the facility.

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