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Full speed ahead

Construction begins on Ashby Ponds’ new continuing care neighborhood

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February 26th, 2013
Ashby Ponds, an Erickson Living community in Ashburn, Va., announces that construction has begun on the community s continuing care neighborhood called Maple Grove. The construction will complete the community s mission of providing all levels of health care at one site, the first of its kind in Loudoun County. We are very excited to bring the full health care continuum of services to Ashby Ponds with a state-of-the-art continuing care neighborhood, says Executive Director of Ashby Ponds David Gallagher. While many of our residents will not need higher levels of care, I understand the peace of mind that comes with having these services available.

Peace of mind

Maple Grove is important to our community and is a reason why many of us chose to live here, says community member Yoska LeMair. Whether or not we will ever need assisted living is unknown, but it is comforting knowing it will be available. The 120,000-square-foot continuing care neighborhood will comprise 132 residences offering assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation, and nursing care services. Residents will enjoy the highest quality of care, plus benefits like private apartment suites with full private baths and showers, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and easy access to all the amenities and services that Ashby Ponds offers. Designed by the award-winning firm of Lantz-Boggio Architects, a nationally recognized leader in the design of senior living and care environments, Continuing Care at Ashby Ponds is expected to be completed by early spring 2014. With an extensive portfolio in the senior living industry, Whiting Turner serves as general contractor for the four-story project. This winter, workers completed the masonry work in the stairwells, elevator shafts, and utility rooms. Concrete was formed and poured for the second floor, and pre-fabricated steel walls were placed as exterior sheathing boards were installed. Utility connections have also been finalized. Currently, steel framework and concrete for the third and fourth floors is being installed.

In the know

Keeping community members up to date with the project s status, Director of Continuing Care Amy Grossman hosts monthly informational meetings. Continuing Care at Ashby Ponds will provide care and services to residents within short-term rehabilitation and nursing as well as assisted living and memory care, says Grossman. This year we will be recruiting various nursing and managerial staff members. By late summer, we hope to hire a director of nursing. In the late fall, we will bring on other leadership team members and begin to hire direct care and support services team members. It is our goal to find talented, dedicated, and caring individuals to work with our residents.

Right at home

As excitement grows among community members, many, including Jan Saferstein are eager to take advantage of the services that they have previously had to go elsewhere to enjoy. Maple Grove is a very important asset to our community, says Jan. Not only will it provide assisted living, but it will also serve as a rehabilitation facility a real benefit to anyone who needs rehabilitation after surgery or hospitalization. Right now, the closest rehab facility is more than ten miles away, she continues. That s simply not convenient. I have been in a rehab facility three times in the four years I ve lived at Ashby Ponds. My husband drove to see me every day for two or three weeks at a time and that was hard on him. I am very grateful that, should I ever need rehab again, I will be able to receive the care I need right here at Ashby Ponds. No one knows what the future holds, but for Ashby Ponds residents there will be a full range of health services available. Health issues are important to most people moving to Ashby Ponds, says community member John Kraft. I think it is essential to have a continuing care facility on campus. My wife Dottie and I took the time to check out other rehab facilities in Loudoun County and recognized immediately that there is a great need for [Continuing Care at Ashby Ponds].