Business and Professional
July 30, 2015
Excitement is building as Avanti Senior Living at Towne Lake puts the finishing touches on its innovative and inspirational senior living community. More than 90 residents will live in the 77,000-square-foot community that is providing more than 50 jobs to talented team members. Avanti has found that many seniors and their families struggle with recognizing when it's time to move into senior housing and what to look for when trying to find the right community, and Avanti Senior Living at Towne Lake team members act as a resource by answering questions and providing guidance. In addition, the Avanti team talks with seniors to learn more about what they want and expect in a community. Soon-to-be residents have told the staff that they want many of the same things everyone else wantsfreedom to live the life they desire with an abundance of choice; access to convenient, intelligent technology; delicious made-to-order meals and opportunities for lifelong learning, creative pursuits and whole person wellbeing. For seniors who have already chosen their suites, September cannot come fast enough as they are ready to move.
"I was nervous about the idea of moving into a senior living community, but it seems to me that senior living communities are a way to live with ease," said Helen Zapolski, soon-to-be resident of Avanti Senior Living at Towne Lake. "When I heard more about services offered beyond the actual amenities, I was thrilled that they would actually have tech people on-site to help you learn and master technology. For starters, I'm planning on meeting with the tech guru to figure out how to use my new cell phone. My family is always telling me 'Leave it on so we can call you,' but I don't know what buttons to push!"
Helen is a New Yorker now living in New Jersey who's excited to move deep in the heart of Texas, and she is ready to shake things up a bit. Houston has been familiar to her for quite some time, as she has often visited her two sons and their families here. As much as she loves New Jersey, she felt drawn to be closer to her children and grandchildren, so she is ready to move to Houston. It was a difficult decision for Helen, but after some research she realized that she could still keep her independence and live her life as she always had but be closer to family and enjoy being catered to as she sees fit.
"When I began my search, I knew that I wanted to find a place where my family would feel welcome when visiting me. I am excited to live in a community that not only caters to me but has amenities, programs and services for all generations of my family to enjoy," said Helen. "When I heard about programs like "The A Crew," I knew that would be a draw for my grandchildren. The kids will get to do things they enjoy while spending time with me. I look forward to making many more new memories with my children and grandchildren, being a part of their lives and watching them grow and develop."
"Transitioning into a senior living community is not always about health challenges. It is about delicious food, having fun with friends and enjoying new things that life has to offer without worrying about home maintenance," said Tim Hekker, CEO of Avanti Senior Living. "We understand that researching senior living options can be an overwhelming process, so we want to be there as a resource to help answer questions people have along the way. It's helpful to make a list of must-haves, negotiables and deal-breakers in regard to features, amenities and services. It's also helpful to observe staff and resident interactions, the cleanliness of the community, the overall demeanor of residents, the community's social media, online reviews and news coverage. We recommend asking to try a meal prepared by the dining services team or participating in a fitness class. No question should be off limits, and you should get a positive feeling from the community overall."
Future Avanti Senior Living at Towne Lake residents Pat and Ray Ham did their fair share of research, even though they have lived in Houston for 25 years. Pat started her professional career in real estate, and then went to college at the age of 44 to get a degree in accounting. Ray grew up living the farm boy life, and then drove trucks locally and cross country for more than 50 years. A couple of years ago, Ray was having some health problems, and Pat thought that living in a community that catered to seniors of all ages and offered care and services would help. They could call on others to assist Ray, so she could continue doing things she wants to do. They began their search with the local paper.
"We never foresaw ourselves living in a senior living community, especially since we both come from such independent, active backgrounds," said Pat. "When Ray started having a few setbacks with his health, we realized that we needed to be proactive and find help before we couldn't handle his needs on our own anymore. Our basic search began with finding a place that allows dogs and is one story, which means no elevator problems. Then as we narrowed down our search, we realized we also wanted a place that is tech savvy. Avanti is doing something we had not heard of beforethey are actually giving residents their own customized tablets. There is a huge misconception about assisted living, and we are thrilled to learn that the stereotypical image we had in our minds is far from the truth."
Eunice Kent, a Houston native, shares many of the same sentiments about assisted living. Having lived in another senior community, she decided she needed to move into one that provided more space, as the size of her suite is important to her. She also wanted the dÃ©cor to be modern and mature and the layout to be convenient. Eunice thinks the blown glass artwork and the natural textiles in the Avanti Senior Living at Towne Lake community will be nice touches.
"I love the outdoors, so it was important to me to find a community that would provide many opportunities to be outside," said Eunice. "I want to be able to dine outside, sit outside if I want fresh air, and will enjoy watching children play on the playground. Having my own tablet and intelligent technology will help me keep in touch with my family, whom is very tech savvy. I hope to learn more and stay in touch with them in more ways than one. Most significant, moving into a senior living community means I won't have to worry about the lawn, housekeeping or normal maintenance issues associated with home ownership. I am excited and feel like I am moving into a community where I will always be on holiday!"
"We are defying conventional standards," said Lori Alford, COO of Avanti Senior Living. "This is senior living like you have never seen before, and the future residents recognize that. We know that seniors are actually eager to learn about technology and our residents want a bold, playful design in their community. At Avanti, customizing experiences is our passion. We are working hard to make every moment, every meal and every stylish detail fabulous."