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Continuing care at Ann’s Choice gains impressive expansion

More person-centered services, amenities, apartment homes

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November 3rd, 2016
The on-site rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood at Ann’s Choice will undergo a major expansion, with an estimated construction date in early 2017.

The on-site rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood at Ann’s Choice will undergo a major expansion, with an estimated construction date in early 2017.

Ann’s Choice, Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., will begin an extensive expansion and renovation early next year at its on-site rehabilitation and continuing care neighborhood.

“When I applied for a position here, the expansion definitely drew me in,” says Personal Care Administrator Lara Smith. “Ann’s Choice is committed to its residents. It makes sense to expand, renovate, and add health services, and they’re moving ahead with it.”

The expansion will add a two-story, 50,000-plus-square-foot addition that will connect via an expanded and renovated lobby to the continuing care neighborhood’s existing three-story building. 

It will provide 61 new assisted living apartment homes ranging in size from studios to one- and two-bedroom styles. 

Each apartment home will include a private, full bathroom and a kitchenette, and some will feature patios leading to an enclosed courtyard. 

Smith says the addition will also incorporate amenities such as a dining room, a bistro, and a beautiful salon and spa. 

“This project allows Ann’s Choice to offer an increased array of person-centered care services in our continuing care community,” says Ann’s Choice Executive Director Chris Donati. “We are dedicated to serving residents in a manner that helps them achieve optimum health along the normal aging process.”

Secure memory care neighborhood

Planned renovations to 44 existing personal care residences on the neighborhood’s third floor will make those homes available for residents with memory loss and impairment, and who will benefit from a new amenity designed expressly for them. 

Because the expansion will connect the two buildings, memory care residents will have access to a secure outdoor garden on the addition’s rooftop. 

Continuing care staff will also grow due to the expansion.

Director of Continuing Care Melinda Dechert started at Ann’s Choice this summer. “We’re all coming in at an exciting time,” she says. 

“Being able to provide memory care support right on site is one of the reasons I came on board,” she adds. “It’s an amazing product. Whatever your need may be, we’ll offer expanded access to a complete continuum of care.”

Suzanne Tepper describes the planned apartment-style living as state of the art. 

The senior social work manager at Ann’s Choice says the expansion answers the growing need for added capacity in continuing care to serve people who don’t need nursing home care but do need support beyond what they can receive in independent living.

“It’s a wonderful option for residents to age in place in a smaller and more secure setting than in independent living, which comprises three neighborhoods and a 2,000-plus population,” Tepper says. “And because continuing care is on the Ann’s Choice campus, people who live here now but require more assistance with daily tasks can remain in a community where they’re already comfortable.”

The project’s designer is nationally recognized LEED-certified architectural firm SFCS. Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., SFCS has a local office in Conshohocken, Pa., and brings more than 90 years of experience to the project.