The unique culture created within The Watermark at 3030 Park gives its residents a sense of community whether they live independently on the 14-acre campus or in one of the continuing care neighborhoods within the Health Center of this luxury retirement community.
The boutique-style Health Center at The Watermark provides specialized medical and personal care services in the private assisted living, memory care, and the five star-rated rehabilitation and skilled nursing suites; all of which are designed with the dignity of the human spirit in mind. Within this Health Center there are only 26 private apartments in the assisted living neighborhood, 23 private rooms in the rehabilitation and skilled nursing suite, and 13 residents in the intimate, secured neighborhood of memory care.
“You are not one of 300 beds. You get personalized care. You’re not a number. You’re Mrs. Johnson and the whole team knows everything about you,” said The Watermark’s Sales Director, Denise Rozelle.
That’s the beauty of relocating to The Watermark at 3030 Park. Residents can connect with the highly rated services they want or need while making new friends and building a community of their own within the framework of The Watermark. The Fairfield County community offers an abundance of day-to-day living, social, recreational, and medical amenities. And The Watermark’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation services have received the highest quality rating from Medicare.
“Once a loved one moves into our community they never have to leave because we have different neighborhoods that can take care of them no matter what they should need. Everything is here on our campus,” Rozelle said.
The sense of community is palpable among the residents in the Independent Living at Town Center and other neighborhoods, as well as with the staff. “The Watermark celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and there is so much longevity with some of our staff. It creates a true sense of community, of family,” said Danielle Balado, a social worker in the new, state-of-the-art Health Center. While the relationship is professional it is also personal. “They get attached to the residents. They get to know them so well. You see these people every day. You can’t help but establish a real bond,” Balado said.
That relationship extends well beyond the skilled nursing staff to all support services, according to Rozelle. In the open concept kitchen, “When Chef Michelle is making breakfast, she knows that Norman likes cheese on his eggs. It’s a personalized care plan from the beginning of the day until the end of the day,” she said.
Beyond the sense of community, it creates a level of comfort and consistency for residents, she said. That is especially helpful for those residents who need the services of the short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing component after a surgery, illness or injury. The rehab team that works with them in the short-term rehabilitation suite also continues to work with them providing out-patient therapy once they are released back to their home, Rozelle said, whether that home is in The Watermark at 3030 Park or elsewhere. The skilled nursing component of The Watermark is not limited to residents of this community. It is also open to the general population depending on the availability of beds.
But there is a major advantage to living at The Watermark. As Balado pointed out, if one spouse is moved to another neighborhood, temporarily or long term, the other spouse does not have to get in a car and drive to visit their recuperating spouse. They don’t have to get into a vehicle at all because they are located on the same campus. That is important for those seniors who may no longer drive and have to rely on others to offer them transportation. Others may not feel comfortable driving during inclement weather or after dark.
The comfortable setting continues in the assisted living and memory care neighborhoods. Residents of the assisted living apartments have a very active calendar of events within their own neighborhood and they also have access to the amenities in the main building, including the new Club “with its Vitality Fitness Center with a state-of-the-art gym and indoor pool, and the Renew Wellness Center – where friendly experts make recommendations across the entire wellness spectrum.”
Indulge – A Spa and Salon, features “a full menu of spa services; and the eco-friendly Gallery Café is where Watermark residents can gather with friends, enjoy the newspaper or surfing the Internet with a gourmet coffee and a scone.”
The Watermark offers a dynamic and full calendar of activities – including monthly excursions to Manhattan, and about 60 stimulating Watermark University classes each quarter. While outings take residents to local museums, theaters and other cultural institutions, the outside world is also brought in. Rozelle said lecturers talk about history, art, and other subjects, and musicians representing eclectic genres perform for residents on site.
All of this set within beautiful surroundings in a convenient transportation hub with easy access to major roadways and Metro North train station.
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