Fall openings set for pair of Fairfield County senior communities

by Jordan Grice

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Friday, July 12, 2019 2:11 pm EDT

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Connecticut Post, Bridgeport, CT

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Developers are preparing to unveil almost 200 units of senior housing in Fairfield County.

Sunrise Senior Living communities in Fairfield and Wilton will be opening in the fall, bringing a mix of assisted and memory care housing to the growing market for housing among the aging population.

“I’m very excited about these two new Sunrises opening up,” said Jenifer Salamino, senior vice president of operations for Sunrise’s east division. “I think that Fairfield County is unique and it’s an excellent location due to its demographic of seniors that either need and/or want the services that we provide.”

As of 2016, there were more than 575,000 Connecticut residents 65 and older, making up an estimated 16 percent of the state’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Sunrise Senior Living is part of a list of developers adding to the state’s inventory of housing for older residents.

The Virginia-based company has more than 300 facilities throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The two new communities will join Sunrises at two other Connecticut locations in Stamford.

The $30 million Sunrise of Fairfield is set to open at 1571 Stratfield Road in September. The 63,000-square-foot facility will include 83 units of senior and assisted-living.

The Wilton community at 211 Danbury Road, which will open a month later, will be a three-story 75,000-square-foot community consisting of 59 assisted-living apartments and 31 memory care suites.

“It’s going to meet the need for seniors and the seniors’ families, but we also have a fantastic pool of potential health care team members that currently work in long-term care and they will gravitate toward our beautiful homelike environment and atmosphere,” Salamino said, adding that both communities are expected to have roughly 100 employees in different roles upon opening.

Costs per family are determined based upon each resident’s needs, according to company officials.

According to a National Center for Assisted Living report, the median cost for assisted living in the United States is about $4,000 per month, or $48,000 annually.

Both communities will feature memory care, or Reminiscence programming, which Salamino said focuses on understanding stories and details of the senior’s life.

The programming caters to tenants with varying degrees of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Roughly 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2019, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Most people diagnosed were 65 or older.

“We are dedicated to maintaining their dignity and their individuality,” Salamino said. “The goal that we have is to enhance their well being through cognitive stimulating activities and purposeful days.”

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