National Church Residences unveiled the new headquarters of its InCare home health care agency Nov. 20.

National Church Residences unveiled the new headquarters of its InCare home health care agency Nov. 20.

Located at 2233 North Bank Drive, adjacent to NCR's existing headquarters, it is expected to generate 77 professional and support jobs in Upper Arlington over the next five years.

InCare is a Medicare- and Medicaid-certified home health care agency serving Franklin and surrounding counties.

"InCare is more than home care and hospice; it's a merger of affordable, independent housing and health care, to form an organization of dedicated professionals that provide a seamless network of services," said NCR President and CEO Thomas W. Slemmer.

An extension of NCR's network of more than 300 affordable housing communities across the country, InCare was originally intended as a service to keep NCR residents in the central Ohio area in their own homes, and as a less expensive alternative to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

"We want to partner with the city of Upper Arlington to foster older adults aging in place where they want to live," said Matt Kehlmeier, InCare assistant vice president.

To encourage the development of the new InCare facility, Upper Arlington City Council approved a $50,000 loan/grant to NCR last October. The loan enabled NCR to purchase and renovate the 7,544-square foot building at 2233 North Bank Drive that formerly housed Camelot Builders and convert it to InCare's headquarters.

The $50,000 loan/grant assisted NCR with $1.2-million in acquisition and renovation costs. In order for the $50,000 loan to convert to a grant, NCR must generate $2.2-million in new payroll from 47 new workers employed by InCare and maintain $12.3-million in existing payroll.

The InCare loan/grant marks NCR's third collaboration with the city of Upper Arlington. NCR obtained a previous loan/grant in 2000 to expand its headquarters. The city and NCR also jointly built a parking lot to serve NCR and Northwest Park.

"That allows them to have their employees park there during the day, and it's allowed them to expand," said Matt Shad, deputy city manager for economic development.

InCare's new headquarters will be a boon to the city's tax base, Mayor Don Leach said.

"It helps to have some additional revenue, so we appreciate the new jobs coming to Upper Arlington," Leach said.

InCare's services include round-the-clock care; personal care (bathing, grooming, dressing, medication reminders); and physical, speech and rehabilitative therapies.

"Rather than reacting to a diagnosis or medical crisis, InCare takes a proactive approach to prevent medical issues from entering a crisis stage," Slemmer said. "The integration of housing and health care allows for prevention and regular interventions.

"InCare's common-sense approach will substantially increase older adults' ability to age in place, while ultimately adding to seniors' quality of life through a more cost-effective model than today's health care model."

NCR is the nation's largest nonprofit developer and manager of affordable senior and family housing.