Construction of Humboldt Senior Resource Center underway in Fortuna

Site hopes to be complete before the end of 2019

McLean Foundation president Dennis Scott checks out construction of a future Fortuna site of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center. (Mary Bullwinkel — for The Times-Standard)
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The senior population living in the Eel River Valley will be better served by the Humboldt Senior Resource Center when a new facility is completed in the McLean Foundation campus development off Newburg Road in Fortuna.

After a groundbreaking ceremony last month, DCI Builders is hard at work constructing the new building, with an expected end-of-year competion. Around 16,000 square feet, the new building will serve as the home for Adult Day Health programs and the Redwood Coast PACE program.

“We’re so pleased to partner with our friends at the McLean Foundation to expand these services in Fortuna,” said Joyce Hayes, Humboldt Senior Resource Center executive director.

Currently, there are 30 people from the Eel River Valley who travel to Eureka every day for the services, and once construction is completed at the McLean campus, there will be no more need for Eel River Valley seniors to travel outside the area for services.

“We are very excited that Humboldt Senior Resource Center will be at the McLean campus,” McLean Foundation president Dennis Scott said. “It will be a great expansion for the Eel River Valley community to have an Adult Day Health center back in Fortuna, plus the addition of the Redwood Coast PACE center and clinic.”

Some years ago, similar services were available in Fortuna, and Scott said having the services back again will benefit many Eel River Valley residents.

Adult Day Health is a licensed therapeutic program offering comprehensive care to assist frail and disabled adults age 18 and older in maintaining their maximum level of independent functioning while providing respite to family caregivers. This program offers nursing therapies, activities, social services, transportation to and from the program, nutritious snacks and a hot meal.

Redwood Coast PACE is a program of all-inclusive care for seniors age 55 and older who need a nursing home level of care but who wish to remain in their homes. Each participant’s customized care plan is managed by an interdisciplinary team that includes primary care providers, nurses, therapists, social workers, nutritionists and more.

The commercial kitchen at the complex will also be used by the Humboldt Senior Resource Center for continuing their Meals on Wheels program.

“(T)hey wanted a community center, that was always their dream,” said Scott, referring to Mel and Grace McLean, the benefactors of the McLean Foundation and the financial support behind the McLean campus development.

“It is their generosity that is making this possible,” he said. ”They were all about taking care of this community.”

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