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Expansion of Ladies Home, Now the Victorian at Riverside, Set to Begin

Ground will break on a new wing of the Victorian at Riverside, formerly known as the Covington Ladies Home, on November 20 at 1:30 p.m.

The property, located in Covington's Historic Licking Riverside neighborhood, is expanding in response to increased demand for personalized care options for elderly women around the region, a news release said.

The addition includes 40 Wi-Fi and cable-ready private, single rooms with en-suite baths. The new expansion will nearly double the number of available rooms for residents and provide access to an enclosed, outdoor courtyard, expanded dining room and additional gathering rooms for various activities and programming. Ashley Construction is overseeing the construction, which is slated for completion in Spring of 2021.

“We are thrilled to be expanding in order to better serve women in our community,” said Carrie Vanderzee, CEO of the Victorian at Riverside. “Our goal is to make the transition into the next phase of life easy for all of our current and future residents. This addition provides them access to modern amenities with all of the historic charm of the current community, at an affordable cost.”

The Victorian at Riverside will continue to offer 24-hour care, chef-prepared meals and medication dispensing services throughout the community. Residents of the new wing will also have access to the Victorian parlor, beauty salon, chapel and other offices in the current structure. Reservations for the 40 new private rooms are currently being accepted.

-Staff report

The Victorian at Riverside, formerly Covington Ladies Home, recently rebranded in early 2019. The change honors the Victorian home that founder, Ellen Battelle Dietrick, started in 1886. As a nonprofit organization, the expansion was made possible through charitable contributions and financing.