Yesterday Rep. Labriola applauded as The Watermark retirement community officially opened The Villa, a free-standing, assisted living home on its Southbury campus for people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of memory loss.
Employing a “small house” concept, The Villa is designed to provide innovative memory care in a positive, supportive, household-like environment. The $2.1 million, 7,024 square foot Villa includes 14 private rooms with bathrooms, a great room/common area with family-style dining, and an outdoor courtyard.
“The small, residential home setting is what makes The Villa truly unique,” The Watermark at East Hill Executive Director Michelle Bettigole said. “Residents are given the privacy they deserve, while at the same time, caregivers encourage them to participate in ‘family’ activities, such as helping prepare meals or doing things around the house such light housework and little jobs that bring comfort and the natural rhythm of routine. We will provide structured health and social programs, but we also plan time for spontaneous activities; if a resident wants to do something or an activity or program strikes their fancy, our caregivers will be there to accompany them in a safe, secure environment.”
The Villa will have 14 residents at its maximum capacity with a high caregiver-to-resident ratio. Unlike older, clinically-based models of care that were designed for efficiency, caregivers at The Villa are trained to provide effective, customized care to meet each resident’s needs.
There are currently 9 remaining private residences available at The Villa. For more information on The Villa at The Watermark at East Hill, please call 203-262-6868 or visit www.easthillmemorycare.com.