WHITEFIELD — The Morrison, an assisted living and skilled nursing home in Whitefield, has unveiled the name of its new, under-construction senior living community: Summit by Morrison. It also released the Summit by Morrison logo and an artist’s rendering of the main building.
"The Morrison has earned a sterling reputation for providing outstanding, compassionate care to generations of Greater Whitefield residents," said Director of Development Mell Brooks. "Summit by Morrison will embrace the same commitment to excellence, while expanding housing options for seniors who wish to continue living in our beautiful North Country and their families who wish to keep them close by."
A first-of-its kind facility in this part of New Hampshire, Summit by Morrison will feature 14 independent living cottages and a main building with 33 independent living apartments, 24 assisted living apartments, and 12 apartments for residents who need memory support. It will also help stimulate the local economy, creating 30-33 good, new jobs. According to the most recent state Employment Security labor statistics, Coos County has the highest rate of unemployment in New Hampshire.
Summit by Morrison will meet the increasing needs of seniors who are looking to stay in the North Country but need something more than living home alone or with family. Census data shows there is a higher percentage of people over 65 years of age in Coos, Grafton and Carroll Counties than anywhere in New Hampshire. Summit by Morrison residents will enjoy the peace-of-mind in knowing that they have the flexibility to live active, independent lives, but may also shift to assisted living arrangements, if needed.
Located on a sloping hillside off Route 116 (Littleton Road) in Whitefield, Summit by Morrison offers sweeping, majestic views of Dalton Mountain and others north and west. Construction began in early December 2016, and is expected to be fully complete by Spring 2018, with some residences available in late 2017.
"If we continue to proceed on pace, independent living cottages may be ready for occupancy this fall," said Brooks. "To date, more than 25 people have expressed interest in the cottages and apartments. There has been such a tremendous, positive response from the community and those who are specifically interested in living at Summit by Morrison, we have created a wait list."
Littleton resident Anna Rioux recently attended a Summit by Morrison project presentation. "I want to live independently, but I am excited that we will have a community where there are friends nearby, and where we will have options to remain in the community, but receive assistance when the time comes," said Rioux. "The North Country is a wonderful place to live, and Summit by Morrison offers a great location for people who wish to live here."