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Ernest P. Barka Assisted Living Community Celebrates 20th Anniversary

BRENTWOOD – The Ernest P. Barka Assisted Living Community, owned and operated by Rockingham County, New Hampshire, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.
Over the last two decades, the Ernest P. Barka Assisted Living Community has kept a tradition of providing comfort and care to its residents. As one of the only assisted living facilities in the state of New Hampshire that accepts Medicaid, the community helps vulnerable older adults in need of supportive housing. Residents have access to an experienced staff of dedicated professionals and a robust host of amenities such as wellness programming and transportation services. The community is located within the Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center complex, which offers short-term rehabilitation and long-term care services for seniors.  
“The Ernest P. Barka Assisted Living Community provides essential services for older adults in this region,” said Senior Director of Long-Term Care Services, Jason Smith. “Our goal is to help residents live more independently with access to a safe, secure living environment that feels like home.”     
Planning for the community began in 1999 after the Rockingham County delegation conducted a marketing survey that revealed the need for more senior housing in the area. When the community opened in March of 2003 the 30 available beds were quickly filled. Recognizing the demand for affordable housing for older adults in Rockingham County, the county completed a renovation project in 2006 that added 14 additional resident rooms. The assisted living community is named after Rockingham County Commissioner Ernest P. Barka, who served as a commissioner for 26 years before his death in 2002.
This landmark will be celebrated with a 20th anniversary party for residents, staff, and families in the spring. The celebration will be in conjunction with the grand re-opening of newly renovated resident common spaces.
“We are so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last 20 years,” said Rockingham County Commissioner Kate Coyle. “We’re excited to celebrate this milestone and look forward to many more years of providing quality care to our residents.”

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