By Karen Brainard
Giving elderly people a comfortable home and their families peace of mind was the intention behind building the new Ramona Senior Manor, said its owner.
“Providing affordable, sensible care solutions,” is how Harris “Jim” Jamil described his residential care home for the elderly.
“It has to be a place where you’re comfortable leaving Mom and Dad,” he said, noting that the senior manor is not a hospital, nursing home or institution.
Ramona Senior Manor at 1236 D St. will host its grand opening on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jamil said they are taking applications.
The two-story building is licensed by the state and includes 26 bedrooms, a library, beauty salon, laundry services, commercial kitchen, and central dining for 28 residents. Next to the dining space is a lounge area with a big-screen TV, and just outside is a covered patio with chairs and a fire pit table.
On the first floor of the senior manor are rooms for acute care residents — those who are bedridden, need constant care or are under hospice, said Jamil. Bedrooms in acute care have bathrooms but not showers. Shower rooms are separate, as those residents will need staff help, explained Marketing Director Hazel Raphael.
Each room has a phone, and residents can either rent furniture or bring their own, Raphael said. Some rooms are private and some are shared, she said, with the shared costing less.
Upstairs, the home offers bedrooms for assisted living where residents are more functional and can move around by themselves. Another lounging area is on the second floor.
Ramona Senior Manor also has an Alzheimer/dementia program, will have a licensed nurse on staff, and will have 24-hour care and monitoring.
Jamil said he is trying to hire people who live locally.
“Our staff will be well-trained,” noted Raphael.
Both Jamil and Raphael bring years of experience in elderly care to the Ramona manor.
Jamil owns Gate Manor and Solaris, both residential assisted living and Alzheimer care, in Poway. Living there are clients, originally from Ramona, who suggested he open a residential care place in Ramona. Jamil said he wanted to be part of the solution for the elderly in this community.
“I love this industry,” he said. “We’re excited to have this open here.”
According to Raphael, a chef will be on staff at Ramona Senior Manor who is a “well-known celebrity in Ramona.” Three meals will be served each day, and food will be prepared to meet residents’ dietary restrictions.
“There will be a daily exercise program,” noted Raphael, who was activities director for 15 years in another senior living home.
Enrichment activities and programs will be provided. The monthly residential fee ranging from $2,500 to $4,000 is all inclusive, said Jamil.
He and Raphael said they work with families and understand that each resident has different needs and circumstances.
“Every case is unique,” said Jamil.
For more information, contact Ramona Senor Manor at 760-440-9844.