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Home Sweet Home: Aurora offers many amenities for senior care and living

by Mike lesko | reporter Published: April 28, 2015 3:21 PM
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Aurora is quickly becoming a center for nursing home-type facilities. The Avenue at Aurora is expected to open this spring, while The Atrium at Anna Maria opened its doors last August, becoming part of the Anna Maria of Aurora family.

In addition, Aurora Manor and Independence Village have existed in the community for several years, giving people numerous options.

ATRIUM AT ANNA MARIA

The Atrium at Anna Maria, formerly the Geauga Lake Hotel, opened last August at Route 43 and Treat Road.

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"This has been a very long time in the planning," Anna Maria co-owner Rob Norton said. "We believe we've turned the former hotel into a building that we're proud of and hopefully the city's residents are proud of. It's been an exciting project that we're excited to see come to fruition."

The Atrium opened after nearly two years of renovations.

"Things have come together very nicely," said co-owner George Norton, who is Rob's brother. "It's really exciting to see the amazing transformation of this building."

Reflections, a newly constructed 31-unit memory care community, opened in the fall of 2013. It houses and cares for assisted living residents with dementia.

Other features include pathways designed to encourage exercise while minimizing wandering, memory displays and wall coverings that direct residents to their rooms, and activity areas to reduce confusion, anxiety and frustration.

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The independent living facility, known as The Atrium, puts emphasis on "an active, maintenance-free lifestyle," according to Diane Barben, Anna Maria marketing director.

"Our circle of independent living residents enjoy a comfortable home -- without the burdens of ownership -- in a friendly, relaxed environment," she said.

The Atrium has 72 apartments focused on independent living atrium lifestyle plus 23 traditional assisted living units.

Overall, the new complex features 20,000 square feet of common space, including an indoor pool, spa, salon, theater, library, courtyard, casual bistro / lounge, walking trails, fitness center, gardens and a recreation area.

Anna Maria of Aurora

The campus of Anna Maria of Aurora, 889 N. Aurora Road, is a senior living community providing a full array of care including short-term rehab, assisted and independent living, memory care and home care, adult daycare and hospice.

The independent living facility is known as the Atrium at Anna Maria. All-inclusive services and amenities include one- and two-bedroom suites.

Apartments feature individually regulated heating and air conditioning and appliances such as refrigerator, oven/range, dishwasher and disposal. Apartments range from 640 square feet to 1,280 square feet.

Assisted living is about "enjoying the comfort and serenity of a private apartment with the warmth and hospitality of gracious living and care services," said Diane Barben, Anna Maria marketing director.

"Our residents become part of a community of caring friends and staff within a comfortable and safe environment," she said. "Anna Maria has created an atmosphere of home that puts you at ease and encourages your family and friends to visit."

In addition, residents have the benefit of a continuing care community available if needs change, such as short-term rehabilitation, long-term nursing, assisted living, Alzheimer's and home care.

Services and amenities in both independent and assisted living include utilities (heating and cooling, cable, water and gas); linen service and housekeeping; 24-hour emergency response system; wooded views and enclosed courtyards; and beauty/barber shop.

The Avenue at Aurora

A 98-suite skilled nursing facility on South Chillicothe Road expects to open this spring, according to Eitan Flank, chief executive officer of Progressive Quality Care, which is handling the project.

The Avenue will be the third of its kind in Northeast Ohio, following the completion of facilities in Warrensville Heights and Medina.

Flank said he expects the facility to be "up and running" by early June.

"We'll be seeking all range of employees," he said of the facility that is just north of Aurora Farms Premium Outlets.

Flank said the 75,000-square-foot structure is "much bigger" than a typical 98-bed facility.

"There are high ceilings," he said. "All the finishings are a very high standard. There will be carpets throughout the building, and the flooring will look like a wood floor at home."

Rooms will include flat-screen TVs and showers that can accommodate wheelchairs in addition to stoves, dish washers, refrigerators and cabinets.

Flank called it a "resident-oriented setting," explaining how there will be various eating hours in the dining room, settings closer to residents' rooms where they can eat away from the dining room or they can simply eat in their rooms. People also can select food choices separately rather than being required to pick an entire meal.

There will be a place that can be reserved where larger families can eat with residents in a private setting, plus a diner of sorts where visitors and employees can grab a quick meal.

In addition, there will be a state-of-the-art therapy center and a chapel.

The structure will be built around two outside courtyards in the center of the building.

Aurora Manor

Aurora Manor Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation specializes in "respectful and compassionate choices," short-term rehab, long-term skilled nursing care, and respite care, according to administrator Megan Laslo.

"Aurora Manor's comfortable setting provides residents with a relaxed, yet stimulating environment for rehabilitation and recovery," she said of the facility at 101 S. Bissell Road.

The facility's in-house care services include 24-hour skilled nursing care, neurological / stroke / cardiac recovery, respite care, occupational, physical and speech therapies, medication management, wound care and IV therapy.

"The Aurora Manor team of dedicated professionals provides the highest level of medical and nursing care in an atmosphere that is appreciated by both residents and their families," Laslo said.

"Every Aurora Manor resident benefits from a spirit of community that is based on family ideals. Personal interests are achieved, and lasting friendships are formed that make Aurora Manor much more than just a place to live."

Independence Village

Independence Village at 505 S. Chillicothe Road offers independent and assisted living, studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments featuring full kitchens, closet space, walk-in showers, and private patios or balconies, according to the facility's website.

All utilities are included, and the facility is pet friendly.

There are 126 apartments under one roof, plus an assisted living wing. There is a 24-hour staff, a licensed nurse on staff and a shuttle bus for transportation.

Services provided include three meals a day, daily housekeeping, medication reminders, stand-by bathing and personal care assistance.

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