As the owner of a local moving company, James C. Prodoehl has visited many of Maryland's assisted-living facilities, helping countless seniors settle in.
More often than not, he was disappointed by what he saw.
"The rooms are small, and most aren't private," Prodoehl said.
Prodoehl, 35, believes he's created the ideal alternative to such places with Country Care Manor, a three-story house that he's converted into a 13-bed home for seniors.
Open house today
The building, in the 2400 block of Baltimore Blvd. (Route 140) in Finksburg, will welcome visitors today during an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prodoehl bought the 19th-century house for $250,000 in November, then spent $200,000 repairing the roof, building a three-story wooden deck and upgrading the electrical and plumbing systems. Motorized chairlifts, to help residents negotiate the stairs, also were installed.
His sister, an interior decorator, added the finishing touches -- mauve and lavender paint, flowered wallpaper and white crown molding.
'20s, '30s motif
Prodoehl said he plans to purchase antique furnishings for the living room and other common areas. He's aiming for a motif that will remind residents of the 1920s and 1930s.
"I want the people who live here to be proud that they call Country Care home," said Prodoehl, who decided to open the facility because he noticed a need in the area for another assisted-living center. Carroll County has fewer than 15.
At least one other center is in the works.
Construction crews at the Carroll Lutheran Village Retirement Community in Westminster are working on a $13.2 million building and renovation project that will include a new assisted-living wing.
Prodoehl has rented four of Country Care's 13 rooms. A married couple and three other residents are planning to move in July 15, when the house is scheduled to open. Each room costs $1,500 to $2,500 per month.
The house will be staffed by a resident director, dietitian and three nursing assistants. A hairstylist will visit the home weekly.
"We will provide all the comforts of home," Prodoehl said. "Even pets."
A dog and a cat will move in next month, too.
Pub Date: 6/28/98