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Construction on schedule

Continuing care neighborhood at Ashby Ponds is blossoming

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April 23rd, 2013

Excitement builds as construction continues on Ashby Ponds highly anticipated continuing care neighborhood. It seems as if each day there is something new to see, says Ashby Ponds community member Marilyn Boyle. What s happening is a big topic of discussion over dinner. For many of us, [the new continuing care neighborhood] played an important role in our decision to move here. When construction is complete, the four-story, 120,000-square-foot continuing care building will provide 132 residences offering assisted living, memory care, post-acute rehabilitation, and nursing care services. Residents will receive the highest quality of care, plus benefits like private apartment suites with full private baths and showers, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and access to the amenities and services of Ashby Ponds. Offering residents the full continuum of health care services on site will be a tremendous convenience for them should they need the additional support these services provide, says Amy Grossman, Ashby Ponds director of continuing care.

Questions answered

Each month, Grossman meets with current Ashby Ponds community members at one-hour chat-n-learn sessions to share information and address their questions regarding their community s newest addition. The following questions were most pressing on the minds of community members at a recent get-together.

Is construction on schedule?

Grossman: I m happy to report that it is. Now that exterior steelwork is complete, the building has been wrapped in Tyvek (a one-way fabric designed to keep outside air and moisture from entering the building while allowing inside humidity to pass through to the outside), and the roof is nearing completion. This summer, the focus will be on the interior finishes and landscaping. The continuing care neighborhood is scheduled to open in early 2014.

What apartment choices do spouses have if their loved one moves to the continuing care neighborhood?

Grossman: Every situation is unique. Some individuals will choose to continue living in their independent living apartment home at Ashby Ponds while their spouse moves into continuing care. Others will choose to move together from their current apartment home into the continuing care neighborhood. Deciding which living environment will best meet an individual s needs and provide the highest quality of life can be challenging. Our goal is to offer choices that allow residents to continue to engage in the lifestyle at Ashby Ponds, no matter which apartment they call home. Assisted Living will feature 8 studio apartment homes, 8 two-bedroom apartment homes, and 40 one-bedroom apartments. Memory Care will eventually become home for 36 residents living in large studio-style apartment homes.

Will the apartment homes be furnished?

Grossman: All of the rehabilitation suites located on the first floor will be furnished. Those coming for rehabilitation will typically be with us for a short period of time. After their rehabilitation stay is complete, the goal for many will be to move back to their independent living homes at Ashby Ponds. The other assisted living apartments, including memory care, will be furnished by the people who live there. These homes are meant to be residents own unique spaces. We want them to have the things that make them feel most comfortable, including furniture and other decorative items that are familiar.

Will three meals a day be available?

Grossman: Yes! As in every other aspect of life in our continuing care neighborhood, we believe that choice is important. There will be a commercial kitchen on the bottom floor and family kitchens within each living area. Food will be available to residents 24 hours a day. Residents will be able to participate in menu planning and food preparation to the extent they feel comfortable. Those in rehabilitation will enjoy in-room dining, similar to a hotel s room service. A menu of options will be available. They may also choose to dine with others at a small bistro. Each of the three assisted living floors will feature a common kitchen area. This is a great space to enjoy a meal with family and friends. And staff members will always be available to assist residents with all food and beverage requests.