On Oct. 11, approximately 150 people attended the grand opening celebration of Bridges by EPOCH Memory Care Assisted Living at Andover, located at 254 Lowell St. Guests included local healthcare professionals, dignitaries, project partners and their invited guests. The evening included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guided tours of the state-of-the-art community, and a selection of wine and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Bridges by EPOCH’s professional chefs.
Like its nine sister communities located in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire, every inch of Bridges by EPOCH at Andover is designed to support and enhance quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, addressing everything they need to enjoy comfort, familiarity and security. Meticulously built by Cranshaw Construction, this residential community features four distinct households that will support residents’ needs throughout disease progression. Households have their own common spaces designed with a warm, homelike look and feel. Soft colors, directional cues, aromatherapy and interactive life stations create a peaceful, secure environment where residents will feel safe and comfortable.
Outdoors, residents will enjoy exercising, relaxing and visiting with loved ones in fully enclosed, completely secure courtyards. This serene setting features sensory gardens, bird feeders and baths, raised planter boxes, walkways and comfortable seating.
Beth Vellante, executive director of Bridges by EPOCH at Andover, says the community’s full-service approach to care will provide a high level of personalized attention through every stage of memory loss. “Our caregivers and life-enrichment associates are dementia care experts who excel at finding positive, effective ways to engage seniors with memory loss," said Vellante. "We’re looking forward to getting to know our new residents so that we can fully understand and effectively address their individual needs and challenges while creating special moments of joy that speak to them personally.”
“Everything Bridges does has a definitive purpose: to ensure residents’ safety and happiness," said Olivia Evans, Life-Enrichment director. "We’ll help them choose activities that interest them, and we will design our entertainment and social events, dining options, support services and memory care programs to match their individual preferences, abilities and needs.”
“Bridges by EPOCH is a great support system for families,” said Vellante. “We host complimentary dementia education seminars, support groups and social events for residents’ families as well members of the public who are caring for someone at home. It is our privilege to help make this journey easier and more joyful for all people living with dementia and the families who love them.”
Bridges by EPOCH at Andover is one of 10 specialized Bridges by EPOCH Memory Care Assisted Living communities by EPOCH Senior Living. Through a partnership with National Development, one of New England’s preeminent real estate and investment firms, EPOCH Senior Living strengthens, develops and creates new communities, programs, strategies and environments that empower seniors to live bright, fulfilling lives.
Known for a combined expertise in design, permitting, financing, investment and management, National Development has created exceptional environments throughout the region for more than 25 years and twice has been recognized by NAIOP Massachusetts as the region’s Outstanding Development Firm.
Cranshaw Construction is an affiliate of National Development, an interdisciplinary real estate firm providing development, property management and investment acquisition services. The company’s affiliation with National Development helps Cranshaw Construction take an “owner’s perspective” in managing the construction of a project from the earliest conceptual phases through final occupancy. Founded in 1983, the company has successfully completed over 35 million square feet of space totaling over $4 billion in suburban and downtown Boston.