Charter Senior Living Breaks Ground on First Ground-Up Senior Community

Oct 24, 2017

Charter Brings “Garden Oaks” Senior Living Community to Sylvania, Ohio

Chicago, Il. – One of the nation’s leading senior living management companies, Charter Senior Living, held a groundbreaking for its new senior living community in Sylvania, Ohio. This is Charter Senior Living’s first ground-up property in the portfolio of senior communities the company manages across the US.

Charter announced the name of this new community will be Garden Oaks of Sylvania – A Charter Senior Living Community. Garden Oaks will be a one-story, 60-apartment community with a focus on assisted living and memory care needs. The apartments will include 24 assisted living suites and 36 memory care suites.

“Based on our feedback from the region, we knew that senior services, especially memory care services, in the Sylvania community were significant, therefore we developed the new senior living resource with a large balance of memory care services and programming to answer that need,” said Keven J. Bennema, CEO of Charter Senior Living.

In addition, Charter will be bringing in premier memory care programming to the Sylvania community with the opening of Garden Oaks. Charter’s programming humanizes activities and schedules using a one-of-a-kind approach called “Therapeutic Simplicity.” Therapeutic Simplicity does not subscribe to any single existing system but takes the best aspects of several notable systems used in other communities across the world. This program addresses seven specific programming areas (cognitive, community, creative, motivational, physical, social, and spiritual) to address all residents’ unique needs. The seven areas are addressed throughout the daily activity schedule, life stations, and individualized programming within the community.

“The new Garden Oaks community will bring the premier Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory loss specialists to the area,” said Joy Wegand, Charter Senior Living’s Memory Care Specialist. “Charter’s devoted care team and state-of-the-art residences are curated specifically with memory care in mind.”

In addition, to its memory care programming, Garden Oaks will be amenity-rich with the latest technology and services for its residents, including tools to facilitate communication between residents and caregivers, residential-grade WiFi throughout the entire community, and customization of technology for different levels of care needs. The dining program will be a unique farm-to-table concept serving local food through direct acquisition from producers within the region.

“We are creating the next generation of senior living communities by raising the bar on services, programming, design, and technology right here in Sylvania,” added Bennema.

Garden Oaks of Sylvania will be located at 6735 Sylvania Avenue in the city of Sylvania, Ohio. Charter Senior Living will be responsible for day-to-day operations and all related decisions with the community’s projected opening of Summer 2018.

Plans are to employ 50+ team members from the local community upon opening. Charter’s focus on the employee is unique in senior living care. All Charter employees receive enhanced customer service and hospitality training resulting in associates relating to residents in a therapeutic, individualized, and thoughtful way, thereby resulting in higher than average retention rates for both residents and care staff within the senior living industry.

“Charter Senior Living exemplifies a caring culture through its commitment to customers, employees, and community,” stated Mark Francis, CMO of Charter Senior Living. “We strive to deliver outstanding service through our motivated and best of class staff every day.”

Partners in this new project include VisCap Development (Dayton, Ohio), The Douglas Company (Holland, Ohio), and M+A Architects (Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio).