Prime Time Litchfield 2015
The latest in senior living
As the baby-boom generation becomes the retirement-age generation, there will be a dramatic change in the lifestyles of the nation, and in our area. Currently about one in eight Americans falls into this category, and in 15 years it is anticipated that one in five will. The number of retirement and assisted-living facilities nationwide has increased by more than two-thirds in the past two decades, doubling the number of beds available. For those exploring long-term-care options, the area offers a number of facilities. Below is a partial listing, with specialty-care facilities too.
Moving into an assisted-living facility is the main alternative to staying in one’s home as you get older. We talked with Theresa Santoro, president of Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association. In addition to its home-health-care services, RVNA’s aging-in-place program actively supports seniors who want to remain in their homes as they age.
Aging in Place
What options do people have in terms of aging in their homes or in other facilities? There are a wide range of options for seniors as they age. A lot depends on a person’s physical health, mental status, independence and family situation. Choices include aging in place at home, facilities supporting independent living, and assisted living facilities for people requiring more oversight and care.
Why do people choose to age at home? Personal finances play a large role. Independent living and assisted living facilities do cost money, and if someone’s home is paid off, for example, they may feel that it is cost effective to stay put. Others just prefer the familiarity of their surroundings and their community.
What’s the downside of staying at home? Personal safety is an important issue. We know that one-third of adults over age 65 fall each year, causing injuries, reduced mobility, and reduced independence. Isolation and lack of socialization are another area of concern. Under-stimulation and mental boredom can cause stress, anxiety, and depression.
What can people do who want to stay at home? Plan ahead and be proactive: Remodel, renovate, or make modifications to your home so that your living environment is safe. Seek out transportation so that when you stop driving you can still go places. Hire an aide, homemaker, or companion from a reputable agency when you need to.
How is technology helping? Medical alert systems, such as Phillips Lifeline, can summon help quickly in the event of a fall. Programs like “Are you OK?” and RVNA’s “Tell-Us-Your-Health” telephone medical monitoring program provide ways for seniors with chronic illnesses to stay connected.
Is staying at home is preferable to moving to an assisted living facility? In addition to a person’s health, other significant issues must be considered: the need for home modifications, available community resources, and personal finances. The best thing a person can do is try to anticipate and plan ahead, so that decisions can be made before a crisis hits.
Duncaster is a boutique continuing-care retirement community whose mission is to offer a high-quality independent lifestyle to senior adults through innovative housing, wide-ranging services, wellness programs, and compassionate health care. Duncaster operates as a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, charitable and educational organization, meeting high professional standards.
EG Homes at Chatfield Farms
Seniors who crave an active lifestyle will find themselves at home at Chatfield Farms. Located in Beacon Falls, CT, and traversed by the tranquility of Rimmon Brook, Chatfield offers 140 acres of nature trails, a luxurious 10,000 square foot clubhouse, complete with pool and patio and an exercise facility, available to all residents. Residents choose from one of three models of homes in the Presidential Collection—the Washington, the Jefferson, or the Lincoln. Each option is designed with the active senior in mind and ensures access to a high-end, low-maintenance lifestyle.
The Greens at Cannondale
With the philosophy that the present day’s older adults should enjoy more opportunities than ever before, The Greens at Cannondale not only offers residents top-notch living facilities, but also provides numerous social programs and activities in its well-appointed residences and living facility. Health care is provided on a 24-hour basis, with a dedicated and certified staff. Conveniently, Wilton Meadows Health Care Center sits on the same campus as The Greens. The Greens at Cannondale knows the memory-loss situation well, with 14 years of experience assisting men and women with varying degrees of memory loss. Also on the campus, The Greens offers reading rooms, a country store, fitness centers, a beauty salon, and a barbershop. The restaurant dining options are also plentiful. Finally, with numerous social activities, The Greens sponsors programs such as live musical performances, bingo, and outings to nearby towns.
Ranked “one of the top 20 retirement communities in the United States” by New Choices magazine, Heritage Village offers a unique retirement experience on its sprawling 1,000 acre campus and in its 2,580 condominiums of varying make and size. Heritage Village provides resort-like living for seniors in its rural Southbury, CT, setting and boasts an eclectic group of residents that includes authors, retired business executives, artists and lovers of nature and sports. All of these various interests are represented in the many clubs, discussion groups, and cultural outings available to those residing at the Village. Superior health care options are just a short-drive away, as are options for fine dining and shopping in Connecticut’s picturesque Litchfield Hills.
Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center
Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, is a recent recipient of the prestigious 2013 Gold Quality Award, recognizing its excellence in care, planning, management, customer focus and more. This 74-bed facility has both private and semi- private accommodations, each with its own bath. They have a beauty/barber shop as well as a library for your convenience and enjoyment. The staff also provides every patient with a seven-day-a-week activity schedule. This activity schedule provides each patient with a variety of different recreational activities to keep you mentally, spiritually, and physically active regardless of what your level of mobility is. Kimball Farms offers rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, long-term care and respite visits. The long-term residents are the heart and soul of Kimball Farms’ community. The nurses and other staff become family to the patients and the number one goal is to keep each patient as independent as possible for as long as possible. A respite visit also allows for the main caregiver to go on vacation while knowing their loved one will be in the caring hands of Kimball Farms.
Kindred Assisted Living – Laurel Lake
Traditional and enhanced assisted living, rehabilitation and respite care are all offered at Kindred Assisted Living’s Berkshire campus, located on the scenic banks of Laurel Lake. All residents are provided with a fully functioning kitchen, washer and dryer access, housekeeping service, door to door transportation and a unisex hair salon. Additionally, Kindred Assisted Living offers a number of recreational activities, including outdoor excursions, religious services, knitting group and a story hour. Not only does Kindred Assisted Living work to provide all its residents with comfortable, happy lives—through its employees and the Kindred Foundation it also helps combat the diseases afflicting many of those in its care. Sizeable donations from Kindred have been made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association.
This highly coveted retirement destination provides residents with a choice of living settings within a community environment. Sprawled across 136 acres in Redding, members have a choice of independent living, assisted living or a setting with skilled nursing. Life at Meadow Ridge is far from uneventful. Onsite, members can partake in art classes, book group discussions, and bridge games or simply sit in the village square. Popular as it should be, this large square is the heart of the Meadow Ridge community with its three-story atrium and quasi-European amenities like outdoor café tables. Here, members enjoy breakfast and tea while a free moving brook snakes its way through the atrium and a waterfall splashes nearby. Offsite, members have taken trips to New Haven, Westport, New York City, Boston, Newport, and amazingly, even, a sailing trip to Antarctica. With all these activities, it is easy for members to find their own niche.
Pomperaug Woods Lifecare Retirement Community
Located on 22 beautiful acres of countryside and recently celebrating its service of 25 years, Pomperaug Woods is designed to complement the style of New England architecture. They offer a wide variety of different floor plans to accommodate everyone’s needs and every apartment has a walk in shower and closet. When you become a resident of Pomperaug Woods you receive an automatic membership to the Southbury Health and Fitness Center and a golf membership to the Heritage Village Country Club. They offer everything such as yoga, aerobics, Pilates, tennis, racquetball, heated indoor and outdoor pools, steam room, cardio and weight training, and even a Jacuzzi. The Southbury Health and Fitness Center is located just down the street from Pomperaug Woods so all residents have easy access to the facility. Pomperaug Woods also offers weekly activities such as creative arts classes, bridge games, happy hour, afternoon teas, discussion groups, concerts and live entertainment and many more. Cats, dogs, fish, and birds are all welcome at Pomperaug Woods to make it feel even more “just like home.” When it comes to health care they offer assistance-in living, skilled nursing and long-term care, nursing services, social services, therapeutic recreation and several other services to make your living experience at Pomperaug Woods the best and most comfortable that it can be.
Keeping its seniors active and engaged is the goal of Ridgefield Crossings and they complete this goal by holding stimulating events for the mind, body and soul of every resident. From concerts, book discussions and food demonstrations for the mind to the fitness center and healthy meals for the body to spiritual programs and support groups for the soul, Crossings has something for every senior. Crossings offers an assisted living lifestyle as well as memory care and respite care. The assisted living is for more independent seniors who get outstanding service while having the comfort of living in their own, private apartment. Other services include restaurant-style dining and local transportation services, among others. The memory care lifestyle choice is for families looking for a dedicated staff who can accommodate the needs of people with varying degrees of memory loss. Services include a safe, pleasant neighborhood setting, personal care and specially trained staff. Crossings also offers a short-term care option for people looking for a place to recharge from a longer stay at a rehabilitation center.
Sugar Hill Mansion
Housed in the restored former mansion of Crane Paper’s Winthrop Murray Crane, Sugar Hill Mansion assisted care and senior living community offers a glimpse into the past. Adorned with custom wood finishes, marble fireplaces, hand-painted murals and a grand staircase, based on looks alone Sugar Hill is a far cry from the typical assisted living facility. Sugar Hill’s staff and services are similarly impressive, consistently providing exemplary care and a multitude of lifestyle options for all its members. Residents can choose from a number of independent living options, a full-time professional chef, and recreational activities are offered regularly.
Located in Williamstown, Sweetwood is situated in a quaint and renowned arts and education community right here in the spectacular Berkshires. Adjacent to Williams College, it is positioned in a thriving college town that offers an abundance of cultural and educational events. The location combines the best of a bucolic setting with a sophisticated and engaging community. From the moment residents enter the lovely atrium, its warmth and welcoming atmosphere is evident. Many guests and visitors say that the ambiance is that of a first-class hotel rather than that of a retirement community. There is a touch of elegance that is complemented by a feeling of a relaxed graciousness, making you will feel at home and at ease. Residents have their own spacious apartment that they can customize and decorate to reflect their own style and taste. Available with one or two bedrooms with a variety of floor plan options. Each suite has a full kitchen, one, one and a half, or two bathrooms, large closets, and either a private balcony or a patio. Offers guest accommodations.
The Village at the Waveny Care Center
Waveny in New Canaan understands how important it is to find the right balance between familiarity, structure, and autonomy when selecting an appropriate assisted living residence for a loved one with memory loss. Residents at The Village benefit immediately from its unique, secure, and comfortable setting. Featuring its award-winning “ Main Street” replica of a quaint New England town, The Village at Waveny Care Center is specifically designed for people with memory loss and serves as a benchmark of excellence around the world. Its professional and caring staff provides advanced therapeutic care available for memory enhancement and is dedicated to making every day a special one for each resident. A licensed nurse and certified nursing assistants are on site around the clock. Short-term respite guests are welcome for a long weekend or a visit lasting for a month or longer. Like all residents, respite guests enjoy all amenities, including a private apartment, personal care, meals and therapeutic, social, recreational and spiritual activities. Achieving the highest rating, The Village is among an elite group of assisted living facilities to have earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. Residents of The Village also benefit from having priority access to Waveny Care Network’ s comprehensive continuum of healthcare services.
Filosa, for Nursing and Rehabilitation
Since 1947 Filosa’s facilities have been continuously managed on site by its original owners who for three generations have remained dedicated to providing a uniquely caring and supportive environment for its patients and their families. For over 60 years, the Filosa family’s hands-on approach, sensitive style and commitment to quality of life for their residents and patients are unparalleled in the industry. Filosa, for Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Hancock Hall each offer long- and short-term residents a complete and comprehensive range of nursing, social, and rehabilitative services.
Laurel Ridge Health Care Center
At Laurel Ridge, staff members are selected for their skill, sensitivity, and sincere enjoyment of helping others. For long-term residents each has a team of specialists who create a plan of care that is tailored precisely for his or her needs. Their team of specialists includes rehabilitation, nursing, recreation, and dietary and social services. Laurel Ridge wants to make sure that every patient’s needs are fulfilled. Their patient’s lifestyles are filled with lively conversation, companionship and a wide variety of cultural, social and educational activities. Laurel Ridge also offers 24-hour nursing care, physician services, recreation, selective menu planning and nutritional counseling, dentistry, optometry, hospice, and several other services to make your stay comfortable.