The Woodlands Inn Expansion Provides Personalized Services and Spaces to Those with Dementia, as Well as Residents Who Need an Extra Hand
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – In an effort to meet the ever-growing demand of support services and dignified housing for older adults with dementia, Edgewood senior living community in North Andover has completed The Woodlands Inn, a $17 million, 4- building, 40-residence expansion that caters primarily to seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
“These aren’t the environments you typically associate with senior living, memory support or health services,” says Kathleen Damico, Edgewood’s marketing director. “They’re styled after a cozy New England inn, and the design and layout couldn’t be further from the clinical model that’s such a pervasive misperception when people think of communities like ours.”
Each building accommodates 10 residents and is designed to encourage greater interaction and socialization. This “small house model” sees private rooms surround a central common area that includes a community kitchen, dining area, and den with a towering fireplace. Here residents can play games, read, watch TV or simply catch up with friends and neighbors.
Other amenities in each household include a spa and private courtyard, as well as dedicated health professionals and other staff – called innkeepers – on site at all hours to assist with meal preparation, laundry and other daily tasks.
“I think families will immediately notice the openness of The Woodlands Inn, both in physical space and the lifestyle it promotes,” adds Damico. “The households are spacious and really cater to the individuals who live there. Life is truly centered just outside their doors.”
Last year, the Alzheimer’s Association estimated that 5.5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s, and that 1 in 10 people age 65 and older have the disease. In Massachusetts, approximately 120,000 people ages 65 and older had Alzheimer’s in 2017, and by 2025 that figure is expected to increase by 25 percent to 150,000 people.
Three of the four buildings will serve residents with dementia while the other will cater to enhanced living, or residents who need some general assistance throughout the day.
On Thursday, June 28, Edgewood will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of The Woodlands Inn expansion. Residents, team members, professional partners and other local dignitaries will be invited, and tours of the new households will be given.
If you’re interested in attending the ribbon cutting or would like to speak with Damico or other community leadership about the expansion and the need it will help fill in North Andover and greater Essex County, please contact Ben Green at 913-754-2372 or email@example.com.
Set on an idyllic 100-acre campus near Lake Cochichewick and conservation land, Edgewood is the only LifeCare Community in the Merrimack Valley. Residents have access to a range of living options to support individual needs and preferences, and the busy schedule of activities, speakers, off-site trips and wellness opportunities means growth, entertainment and discovery are always within reach. For more information, visit the community at 575 Osgood Street in North Andover, call 978-494-6876 or visit online.