286 Lion's Mouth Road
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-3752

15 Elizabeth Street
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 388-0293

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September 27, 2013

Check out our article in the business spotlight edition of the Newburyport Daily News.

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An assisted living community with the comforts of home

It’s morning and the residents of 15 Elizabeth Street in Amesbury awaken and make their ways to the dining room for a home-cooked breakfast, still dressed in their pajamas, slippers and bathrobes.

It’s a typical family scene, played out each morning in households everywhere — including the Elizabeth Calsey House, an assistedliving facility in Amesbury.

The 15 residents enjoy numerous amenities for an affordable monthly rent, including homecooked meals individually prepared, — for which all are encouraged to share personal recipes,— while getting the special care and assistance they need.

Owner Deb Dastoli opened the Elizabeth Calsey House in 1995, and was a pioneer in the assisted living field, working with the state to develop regulations for such facilities. After spending more than a decade as a dispatcher at the Salisbury Fire Department, she was prompted to enter the assisted living field after she and her husband were forced to enter her fatherin- law into a nursing home as caring for him at home became too difficult.

Designing and building the homes, Dastoli worked closely with the architects to ensure each would embody a warm and inviting environment to allow for aging in place with the aid of a well-trained staff. The houses offer porches for residents to use, as well as gardens, a full-service kitchen, and common areas for group activities.

At its opening, the home offered eight rooms and Dastoli did all of the food shopping, cooking and resident care by herself. Over the years, the Dastolis were able to add onto the building, while also opening a second location on Lions Mouth Road in Amesbury in 2002. That location offers 26 bedrooms. At both homes, each resident has a private bathroom.

“The people that live in this house are certainly a family,” Dastoli said. “My philosophy is that it’s the residents’ home.”

It may also help that the facilities are operated by a family. Several of Dastoli’s relatives, including her granddaughter and her two brothers, work at the homes. She also employs a nursing student, as well as several students at Whittier Vocational Technical High School who are studying to become certified nursing assistants.

Over the years, the regulations have been more complex and the paperwork load is greater, Dastoli said. “I couldn’t do it all by myself now,” she said.

The monthly rent for each resident ranges from $4,000 to $4,300, depending on the size of his or her room, and the care he or she requires. That rent includes services for which other assisted living facilities will charge additional fees, Dastoli said, such as cable television or extra laundry services or showers. The Elizabeth Calsey House does not charge a community fee.

To learn more about the Elizabeth Calsey House or the Elizabeth Calsey House at Lion’s Mouth Road, call 978-388-0293.

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