Sunrise of Dublin completes construction

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 5:05 pm EDT

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Sunrise of Dublin welcomed its first residents this month.

The assisted-living facility has been a long time coming in Dublin, with construction originally beginning in 2007.

The project was abandoned for five years, leaving a steel skeleton of a building as the company experienced financial problems, but resumed last year. The three-story 66,000-square-foot facility with 80 units and a capacity of 95 residents opened this month at 4175 Stoneridge Lane.

"We have four dozen reservations for the building," said Sarah Burress, executive director of Sunrise of Dublin said.

The suites offered range from 350 to 750 square feet and are suited for couples, singles or someone looking for companion living with a roommate, Burress said. The facility offers traditional assisted living and has a memory care for early onset and older seniors.

"It's designed to fit the needs of the demographic suffering from memory impairment under age 70," Burress said of the early onset program, adding it offers a holistic approach with music and art therapy programs and physical activities. "It's very active programming for those who are younger," she said.

The early onset memory care neighborhood at Sunrise of Dublin has room for 12.

Other offerings at Sunrise of Dublin include volunteer opportunities for residents of the facility.

"Sunrise believes strongly in intergenerational activities," Burress said. "We welcome volunteers and also work within the community and do special community projects."

Other Sunrise communities have made blankets for women's shelters and baked for those in need.

"The residents become volunteers in meeting community needs," Burress said.

Sunrise of Dublin has already had a jazz on the lawn concert and will have more concerts in the future as well as an opportunity for residents to learn about music and even try out instruments.

"I think the thing that is unique about Sunrise is we are very resident-centric," Burress said.

"We meet residents where they are. We listen to their interests and feedback. Something Sunrise works very hard at is making sure residents are in the driver's seat."

Bubbles was the first resident at Sunrise of Dublin. The community cat got settled in April.

Burress said all Sunrise communities have a resident cat or dog to cater to seniors who are used to companionship of the four-legged variety.

Other amenities Sunrise of Dublin offers residents include a 24-hour bistro that offers coffee and snacks to residents, a restaurant-style dining area on the first floor and kitchen areas in the memory care areas that offer residents a chance to get involved in their meals.

Each floor has its own movie area and outdoor patio.

But residents don't have to remain on the grounds. Burress said the first residents took a trip to Historic Dublin last week.

"We want to take advantage of residents developing relationships in the community," she said.

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