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Cottage residential care home celebrates opening in Painesville – News-Herald

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A new residential care home in Painesville is now licensed and ready to welcome residents after months of preparation.

The founders of The Cottage celebrated the occasion on October 28 with a grand opening and inauguration ceremony. They were joined by officials from the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Painesville, and they received certificates from Lake County Treasurer Mike Zuren, a representative from the office of U.S. Representative Dave Joyce, of the Township of R-Bainbridge and one representative. Lake County Commissioners.

The Cottage received its state license in October and can now begin marketing to prospective residents, noted Ed Jones, one of the home’s founders.

Jones added that two nurses, his wife Jen and colleague Vanessa McGroder, will run it. The facility will add more staff members as it grows.

The Cottage plans to provide residents with daily activities, including possible trips to the Fairport Harbor Senior Center, craft days, cooking, holiday baking and a therapy dog, said Hayley Gondek, who is one of the founders with her husband Trent Gondek.

Her mother, Kathleen Gentiluomo, added that the facility includes a library and space for puzzles.

Founder Toni Slother, who works at Mentor’s Ladies and Gentleman Salon and Spa as well as the Brown Aveda Institute, added that she had discussions with hairdressers to pick up residents.

The Cottage, a retirement home in Painesville on the site of the former Starkey Place, offers space for up to 12 residents. (Bryson Durst – The News-Herald).

The Cottage is located at 270 Mentor Ave. and previously housed Starkey Place, its founders told the News-Herald in June. The Starkeys ran the facility for three decades before retiring and closing operations earlier this year.

“They’ve been an institution in Painesville for about 30 years here, and we just want to continue that way, providing quality service or care to people,” Jones said.

McGroder noted that the founding team aims to provide a comfortable, enjoyable, family-friendly environment for seniors who are mostly independent and able to handle most activities of daily living. Team members will prepare meals, do laundry, and help with tasks such as bathing, dressing, making beds, and managing medications.

One of The Cottage's residential bedrooms, as pictured in June 2022. The Cottage will offer 12 of these bedrooms in total.  (Bryson Durst -- The News-Herald).
One of The Cottage’s residential bedrooms, as pictured in June 2022. The Cottage will offer 12 of these bedrooms in total. (Bryson Durst – The News-Herald).

Gondek added that all staff will need basic resuscitation training and will receive a background check.

Team members noted that The Cottage will accept long-term care insurance or private compensation, but not Medicaid or Medicare.

Prospective residents will need physical exams in the year before they arrive, Jones said, adding they will need to be reassessed every year.

Ed Jones said those interested in learning more can visit thecottagepainesville.com or call 440-898-0045 to schedule a private viewing. The house offers 12 beds for residents, with two larger bedrooms at the front and 10 standard sized bedrooms.