Tucked away in two Clovis neighborhoods are small assisted living facilities that look and feel like a home.
The houses, with room for six people each, are owned and operated by A Place Called Home Residential Care. Two brothers — a registered nurse and a businessman — started the company in 2012 to provide senior care in a home-like setting.
“My brother (David) is a registered nurse with a background in the emergency room, in geriatrics and in hospice care,” said Colin Murchison. “He got exposed to assisted living facilities in the Central Valley. He didn’t feel it was the kind of place we would want to put our own mother in. It didn’t feel like home.”
So, the brothers renovated two homes and built two from the ground up to give seniors who need extra help or end-of-life care a place to call home.
On Wednesday, they celebrated the grand opening of the fourth house at 2842 Calimyrna Ave. in Clovis. They also received a 2015 Best of the Best Award from SeniorAdvisor.com and A Place for Mom, Inc. recognizing outstanding senior living and homecare providers.
“It’s all kind of surprising and exciting,” Colin Murchison said about the award and running the business the last three years.
“I like that when I come to work, I feel that I am interacting with people and I can genuinely interact with their families and help them live a comfortable life that I have never seen in any other place.”
Three of the homes are on Calimyrna Avenue while the fourth is in the Quail Lake gated community east of Clovis.
A Place Like Home offers independent and assisted living as well as hospice care. The homes are licensed for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss.
The houses are furnished and have washers and dryers, a fully equipped kitchen and private and shared bedrooms.
The brothers plan to open another home in Clovis this summer.