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Village at LifeQuest in Milford Township opens


For Roger Hiser the ribbon cutting Aug. 15 at The Village at LifeQuest represents a longtime dream come true.

Over nearly 20 years Hiser, who is president of LifeQuest and co-developer with Del Markward of Caracor LLC in Upper Macungie Township, has worked with Milford Township, Pa., officials to create a multi-use development. When completed Milford Village will be the first such community of its kind in the region.

Markward is a commercial real estate developer and founder of MarkWard Group, a real estate consulting, advisory and brokerage firm in Allentown.

The Village at LifeQuest, expected to open to its first residents in September, is an assisted living community. An enclosed connecting hallway creates a passage to the LifeQuest Nursing Center in Milford Township.

“How can we make aging a healthy process, a graceful process,” Hiser said.

The nursing center provides rehabilitation, transitional care, skilled and long-term nursing care services and respite care, the LifeQuest Nursing Center website said.

The idea of The Village at LifeQuest is for couples or family members who live in either facility to remain close at hand for easy access to visiting.

Hiser said he wanted a place for seniors to be able to come and live in comfort, with peace of mind if one of the spouses needed more medical care and daily support.

“This is something my parents did not have available to them,” Hiser said.

The new facility includes 123 units ranging in size from 350-square-foot studio suites to 700-square-foot, two-bedroom companion suites.

A new state-of-the-art kitchen and commissary are available to both facilities and were built with their needs in mind, a LifeQuest press release said.

Entrance and monthly costs for The Village at Life Quest are:

• A $1,500 one-time, non-refundable entrance fee.

• A $2,000 refundable security deposit, similar to an apartment rental deposit that may be returned after a resident leaves depending upon the condition of the suite.

• A $2,000 refundable health reserve deposit, to be used to offset medical co-pays or other medical expenses.

LifeQuest officials said monthly rates depended upon the amount of assistance needed by the resident and range in price from $3,904-$4,575 per person.

Officials said no pets would be permitted to live with residents at The Village at LifeQuest.

The Village at LifeQuest “…will have 24/7 registered nurse (RN) coverage, a hospital and emergency care within five minutes, and a health care liaison available to residents,” Hiser said.

The new St. Luke’s Upper Bucks Campus at Milford Village will replace the former St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital located on Park Avenue in Quakertown.

St Luke’s Upper Bucks is currently under construction on about 40 acres at the corner of Route 663 and Portzer Road.

The Village at LifeQuest is Phase I of Milford Village, a massive multi-use development fronted by Route 663, and bounded by Mill Hill and Portzer roads.

Milford Village reroutes Mill Hill Road, which was closed June 17 to through traffic and will remain closed. A new Mill Hill Road is being built by the developers.

Future phases of Milford Village are expected to include independent living facilities, a dementia/memory care unit, at market apartments and housing, professional offices as well as retail shops and restaurants.

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