New east Woodmen senior living community set to open next year

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A rendering of Melody Living shows the facility that will be constructed off east Woodmen Road. Images courtesy of Red Energy PR

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Melody Living will offer 79 studio, one and two-bedroom apartments to residents seeking independent living, assisted living and memory support.

Woodmen-area seniors in search of assisted living arrangements will soon have a valuable resource available in their backyard, as construction on the new Melody Living senior community is well underway near the intersection of Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard.

The new 74,000 square-foot community located across from St. Francis Medical Center on Sandy Rock Point will provide assisted living and memory support services for seniors on the northeast side of Colorado Springs, where the community’s development company, Ohio-based Cedarwood Development, identified a need for senior living services in the area.

“We saw there was a demand in that Briargate area,” said Cedarwood Vice President of Senior Housing Laura Hester.

“There’s quite a bit of supply further south for seniors, so there was some opportunity to provide some senior housing and give another alternative to this community.”

Hester said the Melody Living community is designed to help seniors thrive and reach their highest potential, mostly by facilitating social and recreational opportunities that enhance residents’ quality of life.

“We are very interested in providing a community for older adults that really empowers them at whatever stage they’re at,” Hester said. “The community is centered on our hospitality model and is really about empowering seniors to be a part of something that they feel very good about.

“We really feel that it’s all about asking, ‘What do you want to do next?’ and whatever people’s abilities are, it’s very important to empower them.”

The project is expected to conclude in the spring of 2018, with construction to be finished by May and the community’s first residents moving in by early June.

Melody Living’s sales and marketing team has already begun reaching out to early prospects for residents as part of its pre-opening marketing efforts and the on-site sales and marketing center is expected to be completed and functional by December.

Once finished, Melody Living will feature 79 apartments of the studio, one, and two-bedroom varieties, with residents having access to 24-hour onsite licensed nurses and caregivers.

In addition to home amenities like spacious units, granite countertops and tile bathroom floors, final plans for the community detail unique features such as restaurant style dining, a bistro and café, a movie theater, a full service salon, an art studio and Community Life rooms where residents can attend lecture series and continuing education courses as well as mix and mingle events.

“Everything is done to a very high level of finish. It’s that hospitality model,” Hester said. “For example, our courtyards have a playscape for visiting grandchildren; there’s a nice-sized sandbox; we have a fire pit for the evenings and so the residents really feel like they can get outside.

“So it’s not just living. It’s giving them opportunities to do things that they choose to do.”

But despite all its distinctive features and opportunities for social interaction, Hester said one of the community’s most impressive fixtures will be its implementation of health care technology.

According to the organization’s website, Melody Living will utilize an electronic health care record and call system to track patient care and services electronically to integrate health functions between staff care coordinators, primary care physicians and acute care providers.

Safety monitoring will be integrated with electronic health records to flag emerging issues, while health monitoring discretely and privately delivers information on health status of each resident to proactively identify potential health concerns.

“The technology in the building is set up for seniors so that we can track data that is relevant to health care and communicate that easily,” Hester said. The management company in charge of the day-to-day operations of the community will be Colorado-based Capella Living Solutions, a Colorado-based senior living company that manages properties in Steamboat Springs, Grand Junction and Aurora in addition to Colorado Springs.

In addition to providing independent and assisted living care, Capella will provide services to residents suffering from dementia through its Memory Support neighborhood, where residents can live in an environment that is designed for safety while being encouraged to engage in growth and exploration at their own pace.

“We’re very pleased to be part of the Colorado Springs community and we’re really excited to be serving its older adults,” Hester said.

“It’s tangible now that we see the project going vertical with the roof on the building and we’re really excited to get this thing open next spring.”