With the opening of Summit Senior Living Home in Williamson Valley, a higher level of elder care comes to Prescott

By Joanna Nellans

An elevated level of elder care is now available in the Prescott region with the opening of the Summit Senior Living home in scenic Williamson Valley.

Dr. Kurt Krupnick and his wife Debbie, a nurse practitioner, co-own and operate the home with their longtime friends John and Dana Marti. A retired police officer, John handles the security and property management while Dana, a CPA, manages the home’s financials.

The concierge assisted living home for a maximum of ten residents opened on December 1. It already has made a huge difference in the lives of its residents, especially because it’s the only assisted living facility in the Prescott quad-city region that offers in-house primary medical care.

“It’s so evident that having health care providers own the facility is a huge plus,” Debbie said. “I absolutely love it.”

During a recent tour of the modern home surrounded by two gated acres, Debbie gestured toward a woman relaxing in the spacious living room.

“This is one resident who did so well she’s going home,” Debbie said, explaining that the in-house physical therapy home health services helped the resident recover quickly from injuries suffered during a fall. “She’s got mixed emotions about going back home because she loves it here.”

All residents have the option to choose Dr. Krupnick as their primary care physician (PCP) or continue with their current PCP. It is more efficient when healthcare providers operate the assisted living home because the home health services, physical and occupational therapy, and ancillary services are ordered as soon as they are needed.

The two couples were inspired to open their assisted living home because they were acutely aware of the need through Dr. Krupnick’s experiences as a hospice and palliative care doctor, as well as the Krupicks’ own private practice experiences. The Martis was aware of the need from another perspective since Dana’s mother suffered from dementia.

After finding the perfect home and setting, the couples remodeled and furnished it to accommodate their goals. The home features front and back porches with expansive views of Granite Mountain and large private bedrooms. Activities include games, trivia, crafts, cooking classes, music, horticulture, and art. An activities director plans parties and special occasions.

Certified caregivers work twelve-hour shifts, alternating four days on and three days off, so there is continuity of care and residents can get to know the caregivers.

Summit encourages residents to “let the rest of their life be the best of their life” and inspires the residents to participate in the activities and exercise. It’s no wonder that Summit’s motto is simply, “Where your family is our family.”

For more information, visit www.summitforseniors.com.