Roy family gives St. Joseph’s a facelift

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — The construction and renovation work currently underway at St. Joseph’s Memory Care Center on U.S. Route 1 in Frenchville is hard to miss.

Jim Roy, Jacqueline Roy, J.J. Roy and Josh Roy, family members who also own and operate Ridgewood Estates in Madawaska and Crosswinds Residential Care in Fort Kent, purchased the Frenchville facility in November of 2015. The family has since converted it from a senior care and general rehabilitation facility to a memory care center.

“We decided that it was time to give some of the older parts of the building a facelift,” J.J. Roy wrote in a recent email.

The owners worked with an architect/designer and a group of local subcontractors to identify what sections of the building needed attention. “Ultimately, our goal was to make the facility feel a bit more homelike,” Roy said.

On the inside of the facility they replaced flooring, painted hallways, made various upgrades to the activity rooms, and renovated the kitchen, all according to J.J. Roy. The owners are planning additional renovations to the dining area and main entrance.

Outside they replaced roofing, renovated the front porch, and upgraded the front facade with decorative stonework.

Residents will also have dedicated outdoor spaces. These include fencing and access control to ensure patient safety, which can be an issue with clients dealing with memory issues.

Roy said they expect the majority of the renovations to be complete by the end of July.

“With a great team of caregivers and an updated facility,” he said, “we are very excited to offer this service to seniors of the St. John Valley for many years to come.”

Since reopening as a memory care center, St. Joseph’s has increased from a 31 to a 38-bed facility, and is currently at capacity.

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