The man behind The Lodge in Sisters, the assisted-living facility currently under construction next to the Sisters Post Office, is Central Oregon resident Peter Hoover, 65, managing partner of THRIVIFY LLC.
The origin of the LLC’s name comes from combining two verbs – thrive, meaning to flourish; and revivify, to give new life or vigor.
Hoover came to Central Oregon in 1989 from California, after discovering the lure of the place during ski vacations at Mt. Bachelor. It was here he met his wife, Pamela, while taking dancing lessons and they now have two grown sons in their 20s.
Born in Phoenix, Hoover and his family soon moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he attended school. After graduating from California State University San Francisco with double degrees in economics and urban planning, he worked for a time as a department head for the City of Sacramento. He attended Pacific McGeorge Law School in Sacramento where he earned his law degree and worked in the areas of business and commercial law and estate planning for several years.
After moving to Central Oregon, where he has worked as an investment advisor and financial planner, Hoover became a familiar face as a regular contributor for 10 years on KTVZ-TV in the morning reporting on financial news.
Hoover experienced first-hand the need for appropriate local care for seniors when his parents moved here from California to live across the street from Hoover and his family. He and his father were the sole caregivers for his mother as she declined in ill health.
The intention for The Lodge in Sisters is to provide a quality, hospitable residence for both independent seniors and those requiring some assistance with their daily activities such as medication management. There will be no memory care or skilled nursing care available; however, there will be a full-time registered nurse on staff.
For residents who no longer drive, transportation will be available. Hoover hopes to work in partnership with a medical transport company to get residents to doctor appointments.
The level of interest in The Lodge is high as evidenced by the 20 inquiries received in the last two weeks, since the previous article in The Nugget.
“We knew there was a desire and need for a facility but we’re stunned by the positive reception and enthusiasm we have seen,” Hoover said.
Hoover told The Nugget that it’s an honor and a commitment to be able to say, “You can be with friends and family and maintain community connections which are important to retain. Honoring our seniors is a wonderful experience to be part of.”
“Four different (Sisters) businesses have already indicated their interest in providing services for our seniors,” Hoover said.
Hoover noted the job opportunities that will be available for residents of Sisters, as well as the expected positive financial impact on local businesses and organizations.
“We want to be a vital, important part of the community and a good neighbor,” Hoover said.
The Lodge is expected to be ready to start formally taking reservations as of February 1. So far, Hoover says, they have received a number of inquiries, some simply indicating an interest, others committing to become residents, and three who have actually selected their particular residence. Hoover reported that half of all inquiries have come from local residents hoping to move their parents to Sisters.
There is no buy-in to the project. Units will be available on a month-to-month rental basis. The prices of the studio, one-, and two-bedroom residences have not yet been announced.
More information is available at www.thelodgeinsisters.com. Hoover can be reached at 541-549-5634 or by email at THRIVIFYLLC@gmail.com.