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A Rockville company is planning a new assisted living facility for seniors in Derwood.

AlfredHouse Eldercare Inc. plans to build a two-story, 34-bed assisted living facility for frail and elderly residents at 6020 Needwood Road, at the corner of Muncaster Mill Road. The company also plans to maintain the five-bed group home for low-income seniors that is currently on the property, said AlfredHouse administrator Veena J. Alfred.

AlfredHouse Eldercare started in Rockville in 1992, and now has eight assisted living facilities. The Needwood Road building will be its ninth.

“Our niche is the cozy, home-like atmosphere — a residential-style atmosphere, but with full-service programs,” Alfred said.

All of the AlfredHouse facilities serve seniors. Some also serve residents with psychiatric needs, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Alfred said. The Needwood Road facility will not provide Alzheimer’s care, according to Planning Board documents.

Alfred said spots in the Needwood Road facility are expected to cost $4,500 to $6,000 per month, including food, care, and medicine and health management. Prices in other AlfredHouse facilities range from $3,000 to $5,000 per month, Alfred said, although she rents some spaces, including those at the Needwood Road group home, at a lower cost to low-income residents.

The Montgomery County Planning Board approved preliminary plans for the new facility Feb. 21, Alfred said, and she hopes construction will begin in late spring or early summer.