ODON — Administrators, board members, staff, residents and friends of the Bertha D. Ketcham Memorial Center gathered Thursday afternoon to break ground for The Gardens of Ketcham.

The Gardens will be a new small house model with a grand opening anticipated in April 2020. The new house will be a residential home setting for 10 residents and a staff who live and work together.

A small house model will include a residential living room, dining space with a large table, open kitchen and patio area, but private bedrooms and baths for each person. Family-style meals will be served where residents will have opportunity to help with meal prep and clean-up activities, with collaborative work processes for meal planning, cleaning, cooking and laundry.

Residents will get medical care as needed, along with skilled therapies.

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