By Emily Clark
Posted Jan. 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM
PLYMOUTH – Construction crews broke ground in December of 2013, and now The Pinehills has its own senior living community – Laurelwood at The Pinehills, an 87,330-square-foot facility at 10 Golf Drive, behind Mirbeau Inn & Spa and right next to the Village Racquet and Fitness Club.
Laurelwood at The Pinehills Marketing Director Susan Carmeris conducted a tour of Laurelwood last week, noting the 80 apartments available in three styles for those 62 and older. Northbridge Companies is the author of this complex, as well as nine others throughout New England. The company’s Stafford Hill complex at 60 Stafford St. in Plymouth is already well known to many.
“We like to think of ourselves as a luxury community,” Carmeris said. “We’re the only community with 20 indoor parking spaces, and we’re the only community in Plymouth that was built and designed with memory care in mind.”
A total of 29 of the 80 apartments are just that – specifically for residents with memory issues – and are situated in a secure portion of the building with an enclosed courtyard, nontoxic everything to ensure seniors’ safety and also no elevator, since many suffering from memory loss also struggle with claustrophobia. Trained staff keep these residents engaged with memory-stimulating cooking and art classes, as well as other activities.
Other residents in the complex have the added benefit of not having to move to another part of the facility or to another complex altogether as their care needs change. Those living independently are alongside those with assisted care, Carmeris said. If clients suddenly find they need assisted care, that help comes to their door.
“Why should your apartment have to change if you need a little help in the morning?” she said.
Another benefit to Laurelwood residents is the fact that they are technically residents of The Pinehills and as such are free to enjoy all the amenities that status entails, including The Stonebridge Club, acres of open space, miles of walking trails, tennis, an outdoor pool and 40 groups and clubs they can join. Then there is the Village Green with medical services, stores and restaurants, all within walking distance. A Laurelwood Kia car and van give residents a lift if they’d rather not walk.
“I think our goal is to have people be as independent and as engaged as possible,” Carmeris said. “It’s great food, services, help when you need it, all in a beautiful environment.”
Laurelwood also partners with other Pinehills’ residents who volunteer with dog therapy sessions, with memory care, Reiki, hand massage and even Majong games. Volunteers enjoy the interaction as much as Laurelwood residents, Carmeris said.
Laurelwood at The Pinehills is not a buy-in community; residents simply pay rent. Other Laurelwood amenities include a restaurant that serves fresh and local food, The Tree Top Fitness Center, a salon, The Canoe Club, which features a bar and a pool table in a cozy atmosphere with plenty of windows, lovely open indoor and outdoor areas, a roof deck, activity room, several sitting rooms with fireplaces, where residents can simply take a load off with a cocktail or a coffee, and, of course, a dog-friendly coffee bar. The Laurelwood is pet-friendly in general, making it all the more homey.
There are also no little refrigerators here. Independent and assisted living rooms, which include one and two bedrooms, are all equipped with full kitchens.
“It’s like their home,” Laurelwood at The Pinehills Business Office Manager Kate Pena said.
With rooms starting at $6,000, Carmeris urged anyone interested in finding out more to visit northbridgecos.com/laurelwood-at-the-pinehills or call (508) 927-6346.
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