It's the newest retirement community that's been around for ages.
Payson's Manzanita Manor has a new name and a new direction. As of Jan. 1, the facility, now managed by Harvey Pelovsky, is called Rim Country Health & Retirement Community.
Payson Premier Health, the owner of the facility since 1998, hired Pelovsky to oversee the operation.
"Over the years the owners have had different companies operate it," Pelovsky said. "They have decided to run the facility for the first time."
Although Pelovsky came from Maine to take over the facility's management, he has been working around the state of Arizona -- in cities like Kingman, Casa Grande and Tucson -- for about 14 years off and on.
He has run assisted living and nursing home facilities, and home health care businesses for 25 years. Most recently he has operated his own consulting business in health care.
"We changed the name because we wanted to take a fresh approach," Pelovsky said. "We want to be a resource for the community."
He said in many rural communities, like Payson, health care resources are limited, so his company will be partnering with the Payson Regional Medical Center to serve patients in the area.
"We are also revitalizing our apartments for low-income seniors," he said. The facility has 40 units -- studio and one-bedroom apartments -- and includes utilities and cable in the rent.
"There are a lot of low-income seniors in need," Pelovsky said. The rental units will also have a variety of community-based services available.
"The goal is to provide these seniors with their independence for longer," he said. The apartments and the available services will set the Rim Country Health & Retirement Community apart from other facilities in the area.
"We have a signed a contract with a national therapy provider," Pelovsky said. The company will bring physical, occupational and speech therapy to the clients of the facility and be made available to residents of the Rim country as well.
Rim Country Health & Retirement Community is also adding a behavioral health unit, he said. Pelovsky expects this addition to open sometime between March 15 and April 15, once the building modifications are complete. The service provides a safe, secure environment, plus specially trained staff, for those persons who cannot function in normal settings.
"We want Rim Country Health & Retirement Community to be known for its compassion, integrity and honesty. It will be operated with sound business principles and the residents and employees will be treated with respect," Pelovsky said.
Rim Country Health & Retirement Community is at 807 W. Longhorn Road, Payson. For more information about the facility, call (928) 474-1120.