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For nearly half a century the Riverside House & Restaurant has hosted dignitaries and special events from Governor Jay Hammond’s campaign speeches to birthday parties and anniversaries, not to mention the thousands of world visitors who enjoyed dinning along the mighty Kenai River. The landmark, in need of some serious structure assistance has been completely renovated and is open once again but with a new purpose as a residential destination for those in need of assisted living services. After 15 months of construction, sweat and tears the owners of the new Riverside Assisted Living center on Lovers Lane held an open house party and ribbon cutting August 9th.

“We basically took it down to the foundation, but the spectacular scenery and the amazing view of the river is still the same and what we have is a new, built to code facility with many amenities conceived with one thing in mind; making the golden years fun, comfortable and carefree in an elegant setting. Whether you are completely independent or need significant assistance we fit that niche in the middle between living alone and nursing home care. Our caring staff and experienced healthcare professionals are dedicated to serving seniors and supporting their families,” said one of the owners Rob Nash, whose uncle Paul Miller of Soldotna Hardware was on hand for the ribbon cutting celebration with his family.

Several hundred community members attended the two day open house and the most common comment seemed to be, “It reminds me of being on a cruise ship on a foundation! It’s lovely.” The facility includes a new patio and courtyard, a spacious dinning area with baby grand piano, living room and dance hall as well as and activity room, theatre, spa, library, game and exercise rooms. Riverside Assisted Living offers 48 units that can accommodate a couple or individual in each room. “Our formula for success is community involvement and family involvement. I love seeing families come down and spend time with us and hang out here, have a meal and get involved with an activity with their loved one,” said Corey Castagneto the executive director of the new facility. You may learn more about Riverside Assisted Living by dropping by 390 Lovers Lane behind Sourdough Sal’s in Soldotna, calling 262-5511 or going to www.riversideassistedliving.com.

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