The Baptist Home has purchased property in Ashland, Mo., for the future site of a central Missouri campus, according to a news release.
The property was purchased debt-free from funds provided by The Baptist Home Foundation. In recent history, The Baptist Home has undertaken a major expansion about every 10 or 20 years.
The 73-acre farm just north of Ashland and west of Hwy. 63 will initially be developed into a cottage-style retirement community with independent living and assisted living units.
“I am excited about the great opportunity for Baptists of the Jefferson City and Columbia region to support and participate in the mission and ministry of a new Baptist Home,” said Steven Long, who has been named as campus administrator.
“I am honored to be a part of the Baptist Home ministry in central Missouri,” he said.
The Baptist Home provides continuum-of-care retirement communities in an evangelical, faith-based setting and is unlike many long-term care facilities in that it operates without direct Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement.
Residents living in assisted and nursing units pay for as much of their cost as they are able, but if funds are depleted The Home’s benevolent program enables them to receive the same care and services as private-pay individuals for the rest of their lives.
Residents who are able to live in the active living apartments do not receive benevolent support but do have access to long-term care services should they require higher levels of care.
The Baptist Home currently has campuses in Arcadia Valley, Chillicothe and Ozark.
President Steven Jones said he hopes “we can see construction begin in the spring of 2015 or by God’s grace sooner.”