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Ashby Ponds focuses on continuing care

Community announces new neighborhood

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July 24th, 2012
Ashby Ponds, the Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va., announces the new continuing care neighborhood designed to meet both the current and future needs of its more than 500 community members. Construction of the continuing care neighborhood is set to begin later this year. We are very excited to be bringing the full health care continuum of services to Ashby Ponds, says Ashby Ponds Executive Director David Gallagher. I understand the peace of mind that comes with having these services available to residents, and I look forward to working together with them as we complete this next phase of the community s development.

Enhanced health care services

The addition of the new continuing care neighborhood will enhance the health care services already available at Ashby Ponds. The community currently has a myriad of options to support community members living independently in their apartment homes. The new neighborhood will span the health care spectrum with services to suit every need. Most of our residents will never need to use the services at the continuing care neighborhood, says Gallagher. However, it is great to know they will be available here in the community if needed.

Feels like home

The four-story complex will house 130 rooms. The first floor will feature an inpatient rehabilitation center. The upper floors are designed to be more intimate neighborhoods where individualized, patient-centered care will be provided in apartment homes for those needing assisted living or specialized memory care assistance. And with an emphasis on creating a home-like setting, residents can bring their own furniture, choose their own activities, and set the pace of their day.

Confidence for the future

This new addition will be of great value to our community, says Ashby Ponds community member Joan Foote. None of us know when it may be needed, and having a facility on campus that offers a full continuum of care beats having to go elsewhere for health care. It will be a significant advantage to the resident or patient, not to mention family members or visitors who may also reside at Ashby Ponds. Joan s neighbor Al Beyer agrees. Many, if not most, seniors considering moving to a retirement community anticipate eventually having to use such a facility for one reason or another, he says. The appeal of such a facility at Ashby Ponds is that the transition from independent living would be eased, as the move would be within the same community and a spouse could continue to reside close at hand.

Fulfilling a promise

With the addition of the new continuing care neighborhood, Ashby Ponds will fulfill its mission as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) to provide all levels of health care, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, nursing care, and rehabilitation. Ashby Ponds will become the first community in Loudoun County, Va., to offer all of these services at one site. Research shows that the benefits are far reaching. According to research performed by the Office of Disability, Aging, and Long-Term Care for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Residents who live in CCRCs are healthier and live longer than people who do not live in CCRCs. The analysis also found that CCRC residents have less risk of disease and disability. When I hear about couples separated because of rehab or recovery, I wonder at the travel time it takes to stay connected, says community member Joan Lehman. It must be sad for both parties to be separated by miles after many years of togetherness. There is sure to be an aura of excitement with the addition of Ashby Ponds new continuing care neighborhood. I m ready to celebrate the opening. It can t come soon enough!