New senior facility approved

FORTVILLE — A proposal to transform the former Christian Youth Home in north Fortville to an assisted living facility for seniors came one step closer to fruition Thursday with approval from the Hancock County Board of Zoning Appeals.

The board unanimously granted a request for special exception to allow the facility, which will be owned and operated by American Home Health and Hospice Care Inc., a Cumberland-based home health care and rehabilitation agency established in 2006.

The facility, located at 800 N. Center St. in Fortville, will provide residence, meals and daily assistance such as grooming, dressing and bathing for up to six senior residents, age 55 and over, said Greenfield attorney Ron Pritzke, who represented American Home Health before the board Thursday.

The facility will use two current structures located on about two-thirds of an acre at the property site.

When initially opened, the home will employ one full-time certified nursing assistant eight hours a day, seven days a week, to assist the residents, Pritzke said.

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