The new assisted-living facility welcomed its first residents this week
It’s already move-in day for some of the new residents who are moving into the newly opened assisted-living facility in Windermere.
The Sheridan at Windermere opened Monday, July 17, and will move in 15 new residents by the end of the month and another 20 residents in August.
“We’re the first of its kind and the only one in Windermere,” Executive Director Marcia Turner said.
Located off Bridgewater Crossings Boulevard, the assisted-living facility has a capacity to house 82 residents in assisted-living and 40 residents in memory care — a total of 122 residents — and there’s already a waitlist for the diamond charter memberships.
“It’s been a fantastic process, and we’ve gotten an extreme amount of interest,” Turner said.
Although the facility is already welcoming in new residents, it won’t hold its grand opening celebration until later in the fall after the residents are settled in, Turner said.
The assisted-living facility includes dining services, regular activities for the residents, a beauty and barber shop, a fitness center, a mail room, a business center, a cards room and an outdoor walking path.
“What a place to spend your time — whether it’s days, months or years,” Turner said. “We’re here for them.”
Turner said the facility also has an emergency call system and nurses on staff to care for residents’ needs.
“Our motto is enjoy the moments,” she said. “So we embrace their mental, physical and emotional needs and tailor care to fit their needs.”
In anticipation of the facility’s opening, the staff planned to hold a fundraising dog show contest on June 21 in honor of The Longest Day. However, due to the recent outbreak of canine influenza, Tuner said they were forced to postpone the events.
Despite postponing the event until a later date, the staff managed to raise $1,500 — thanks to several sponsors — which was donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.
“I like that it helps local people,” Turner said of the organization.
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