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Mount Si Senior Center plans assisted living facility

SNOQUALMIE - The Mount Si Senior Center in North Bend is always thinking about the future; the future of people's lives and the care needed to get them through their senior years.

With that in mind, the Mount Si Senior Center has proposed to build an assisted living facility on land owned by the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital off 384th Avenue Southeast in Snoqualmie.

"Their [senior citizens] real desire is to stay in their own home for all of their lives and that's wonderful and if that's possible, that is what people should do," said Mount Si Senior Center Director Ruth Tolmasoff. "But sometimes it is not possible. Then you need to be able to look at what is possible and have some choices, and one of the choices the people want to be able to make is stay in their own community if they can't stay in their own homes."

The board of directors of the Mount Si Senior Center came up with the idea for the assisted living facility about a year ago and commissioned an economic feasibility study. Although there are already other assisted living facilities in North Bend, the study determined the area could support another.

Although the specific plans are still being drawn up, Tolmasoff said the facility should have about 40 single and studio-style rooms that would each have their own bathroom and cooking facility. There would be a community dining room that would offer three meals a day as well.

"It would be a place where people could live independently and have their own room," Tolmasoff said. "People would be offered as much assistance as they needed to be able to live independently."

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