A Rush Avenue home, purchased in March by two health care professionals, is being converted into a small residential home for seniors with memory loss.

A Rush Avenue home, purchased in March by two health care professionals, is being converted into a small residential home for seniors with memory loss.

To be called "Eason House" in honor of its first two residents, the nearly 2,000-square-foot house at 5249 Rush Ave. will be a family-style home for three to five senior citizens, who will be given 24-hour care, said Tim Mills, one of the home's two owners.

The home, which is being remodeled inside to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, is meant to provide seniors with an alternative to a nursing-home setting for long-term dementia and Alzheimer's care, Mills said.

"It's just providing seniors with an alternative -- living in a family environment," Mills said. "As baby boomers age, they're looking for something different."

The facility will require licensure from the Ohio Department of Health, Mills said. The proper licensing will be sought once construction is finished on the home's interior this summer.

The staff of the facility will have thorough training in caring for the elderly, he said, and staff will undergo a required amount of professional education each year.

The facility will be overseen by owners Mills, a registered nurse with a degree in health care administration who has been taking care of seniors for nearly 35 years, and Mark Moore, who also has more than 30 years of experience in the health care field.

From the outside, which will not be altered, the home will function like a typical residence and will not negatively impact the neighborhood, Mills said.

"This is no different than a family of five living there very peacefully," he said.

Mills said neighbors are a little wary of plans for the home.

Most of the concerns have stemmed from misinformation, said Keith Beveridge, president of the Sharon Heights Civic Association.

Since the home was purchased a month ago, rumors have circulated around the neighborhood that a nursing home was going to be located on the property, Beveridge said, leaving residents concerned about the effect on the neighborhood.

"Neighbors felt kind of surprised," Beveridge said. "It's just the rumors and the misinformation and the fear tactics."

The facility's owners attended last week's civic association meeting, which was attended by more than 100 residents, to talk about plans for the site with neighbors.

While the meeting relieved some concerns in the community, Beveridge said, the civic association plans to work with the Clintonville Area Commission and the city to verify that the plans for the home fit with the neighborhood and do not require any city variances.

Beveridge said concerns over how the land use fits into the neighborhood will require some more leg work by the civic association.

"The one thing we're kind of hung up on, and that this hinges on, is zoning," he said. "It's only heating up."

The owners are working under the assumption that no zoning changes will be needed.

For more information on plans for the senior home, visit seniorcaredoneright.com.

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