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Home for seniors sports resort look

Date Posted: 2007-08-02

The new building near Highway 58 in Urasoe City looks like a new high class resort, but that look is deceiving.

It's really Port Hirock, a new senior citizens home that opened yesterday on a site midway between Camp Kinser and Futenma Air Station, on the Makiminato Bridge side. The 152-room complex is owned by Kaihou Hospital Group Medical Foundation Kiyuuyou Union.

Port Hirock is a luxurious addition to the Urasoe City skyline, a senior citizens home with rooms offering a vivid view of the emerald green ocean, comfortable rooms, a restaurant and a pool garden. The facility opened July 27th, with a long list of applicants already building.

Tairu Funakoshi, chairman of the foundation, explains there are two types of rooms available. Ninety-two rooms have been set aside for healthy seniors ages 60-64, and another 60 rooms dedicated to residents 65 years of age and older, most of whom may require daily nursing care. Fees start at ¥25 million for the standard rooms, and ¥9 million for the nursing care rooms.

More than 300 residency applications have already been submitted by mainland Japan residents looking for a relaxed retirement environment. “Okinawa’s environment is very attractive to emigrants from the mainland and other countries,” Funakoshi says, “all interested in living in Okinawa. There was never before a resort type home in a luxury class, and now we’re offering what retired people mostly want, to enjoy their lives.”

Port Hirock is staffed round-the-clock, with doctors making daily rounds. The medical staffing is roughly double that of a normal seniors facility, with two nursing staff for every three residents. Funakoshi says nurse call bells are even featured in the standard rooms, permitting those occupants to summon immediate help, if needed.

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