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Almost home

Continuing care at Ashby Ponds slated to open this month

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February 20th, 2014
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This month, Ashby Ponds’ new continuing care neighborhood will celebrate its eagerly anticipated grand opening. Ashby Ponds now joins 15 other Erickson Living communities nationwide offering continuing care neighborhoods. 

With a proven track record, including a hospital readmission rate that’s half the national average, these communities already set Erickson Living apart as an industry leader. The Ashby Ponds neighborhood is ready to continue building on this tradition of excellence.

“This is an exciting time at Ashby Ponds,” says Director of Continuing Care Amy Grossman. “With the launch of this new neighborhood, we are pleased to offer the full continuum of care at our community.”

Once open, the continuing care neighborhood will provide 132 residences offering assisted living, memory care, post-acute rehabilitation, and nursing care services, making Ashby Ponds the first community in Loudoun County, Va., to offer all of these services at one site. 

“I’m ready to celebrate the opening of this important addition,” says community member Joan Lehman. “Residents will no longer need to travel off site for rehabilitation or recovery services. This will be a tremendous benefit to both the patients and their loved ones.”

Person-centered care

At the heart of the continuing care neighborhood is a commitment to person-centered care, a holistic approach that encompasses every aspect of an individual above and beyond his or her medical diagnosis. 

“My passion is to treat the residents as individuals; that’s why I became a nurse,” says Director of Nursing Alberta Momoh. “Our team looks forward to providing high-quality care that takes into account not only a person’s medical condition but the things that make them feel comfortable and at home.”

“Everyone at Ashby Ponds has been eagerly awaiting this neighborhood,” says community member Jack LeMair. “Sooner or later, we may need these services, and it’s comforting to know we will receive the best care around.”

Finishing touches

Over the last two months, staff members have prepared for licensure, reviewed program elements, and spent time recruiting and training new team members.

As staff development manager, Lisa Wright educates the staff on the person-centered care model, as well as clinical orientation and other educational opportunities.

“It is wonderful to be a part of a great team whose primary focus is to provide the best resident-centered care possible,” says Wright. “It is exciting to watch the staff learn and grow in this new model and to see the relationships that we will build with our residents.”

Time to celebrate

The grand opening celebration on March 20 may be the culmination of construction and planning, but it is only the beginning of new opportunities and experiences for those who call Ashby Ponds home.

“We are all so excited,” says Grossman, “We have a beautiful home, a caring and talented team on board, and we are ready to serve our residents and guests.”

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