Special Advertising Section
RIVERTOWN RIDGE is inviting seniors to come home to a community surrounded by nature and nurtured by neighbors, with state-of-the art amenities, a caring and experienced staff, and beautiful living spaces.
An active senior living community nestled in the heart of the Rivertown Park neighborhood in Wyoming, Rivertown Ridge is accepting reservations in preparation for a November 2019 grand opening. This brand new community has combined exquisite living spaces with the natural beauty of the campus to create the ideal retirement setting.
Rivertown Ridge is the perfect combination of home and community with a resort-like feel, located on 10 acres in a quiet residential neighborhood. With some of the largest floor plans in the area, the community features wonderful and spacious living options its residents can choose from.
Located just west of Grand Rapids, Rivertown Ridge is constructed by Redstone Homes, a premier condominium builder in West Michigan known for quality workmanship and its ability to use the inherent attributes of the land to determine site layouts.
Franciscan Advisory Services Inc., a division of Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, will manage the property, utilizing their 125 years of experience providing quality senior living and compassionate health care services throughout Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and now in Michigan.
Erika F. Jackson, director of sales and marketing for Franciscan Ministries, says the senior living landscape has changed significantly in the past 10 years, and those changes were a major part of the blueprint for Rivertown Ridge.
“Our residents come to us more seasoned and savvy, with an entirely different expectation of their experience,” she says. “As the industry has grown, so has our customer, and so have we as a partner and provider. And as the influence of technology has impacted other industries, ours has also begun to engage our associates and residents in ways that improve connectivity and experience. Enhancements in community layout, design, and programmatic experience impact every aspect of the resident experience.”
Rivertown Ridge offers independent living, assisted living, and memory support services that are designed to provide residents with a personalized lifestyle experience that meets their unique needs.
The on-site theater, fitness center, and innovative social programs enable residents to continue to enjoy their lives, share experiences in the community, continue their favorite hobby or pastime, or develop new ones. With access to multiple dining venues, residents also can dine when they want, how they want, and with whom they want. In other words, residents ring their own dinner bells. “Our residents will have the option to have all the services and experiences they would have outside the community, (whether it’s) at the beauty/barber shop, the spa, or enjoying a good book in our Book Nook,” Jackson says.
Director of Sales & Marketing Lesa Hardiman says Rivertown Ridge was intentionally designed to meet the need for multigenerational housing within a single neighborhood.
“This allows family members in all stages of life to remain together and select home options that best suit their needs,” she says. “When families live in close proximity to one another, they’re able to foster stronger, more fulfilling relationships. Our community offers resort-style services and amenities, and has a variety of housing that meets the unique needs of seniors who want to age in place.”
Independent living apartments were designed for active seniors who seek a maintenance-free lifestyle. There are a variety of floor plans to choose from, with the added convenience of underground and covered parking spaces, engaging social activities, and destination dining options including a pub and a formal, full-service dining room.
Assisted living apartments are the perfect solution for those needing a little extra help with daily living activities such as housekeeping, meal services, or medication supervision. Residents select from several floor plans to find one that best suits their needs, and enjoy their own dining room, multipurpose room, coffee corner, laundry facilities, and a spa suite. Access to 24-hour support from trusted care partners is available.
Lighthouse Memory Support was designed to impact the overall well-being and quality of life for residents while providing maximum comfort and safety. Private studio apartments and shared suites are designed to help residents with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia.
These residents will enjoy innovative programming, their own dining room, and access to a secure courtyard, activity area, laundry facilities, and a dedicated sensory room.
Rivertown Ridge was intentionally designed to meet the need for multigenerational housing within a single neighborhood.
— Lesa Hardiman
“When a person’s mental ability declines, it interferes with daily life,” Hardiman says. “Typically, a spouse or loved one can’t sustain the high level of support needed over a long period of time. Caregiving is a difficult role and it’s not for everyone. We offer families a high-quality option they can feel good about.”
While there are many types of “memory care” options offered in the senior living continuum of services, Rivertown Ridge’s program is designed to provide “support.”
“We don’t just provide care,” Jackson says. “We support our residents and their families throughout every stage of the disease. We understand that seniors who are living with cognitive challenges desire to be seen beyond their disease. They want to be recognized and treated as an individual. The design and programmatic experiences of our memory support program encourage individuals to continue their lives with as much functionality and normalcy as possible.”
The neighborhoods within Rivertown Ridge’s memory support community provide opportunities for residents to engage with their neighbors through programs that not only enhance, but include the integration of daily life experiences: meal preparation, socialization, and daily duties that encourage residents to continue to experience their life’s purpose and journey.
Franciscan Advisory Services is putting together a staff with the same high expectations and standards that have contributed to the success of their existing communities. For key leadership positions at the community, they recruit only individuals who are not only tenured, but passionate about the senior living industry and about being servant leaders. On average, the combined leadership experience at any Franciscan Community is more than 100 years.
“We recruit team members with diverse backgrounds who will help enhance our associate and resident experience,” Jackson says. “As senior living professionals, we’re privileged to help support families through this exciting but sometimes challenging time.”
All Rivertown Ridge residents have access to Rivertown Park’s neighborhood clubhouse, which features a fitness center, business center, and banquet facilities. Outside there’s a pool, hot tub, tennis court, and children’s playground. There are also two miles of walking trails and a fishing pond located in this beautiful, wooded setting.
The design of this unique community — a senior living community within a community — encourages its residents and families to remember that as a resident of Rivertown Ridge, they’re still part of a community.
“We encourage our residents to continue their lifestyle and their life’s work when they move into our community,” Jackson says. “It’s our privilege to make sure they don’t have to worry about the things that might have been distracting them from living their lives with the highest quality. It’s also our privilege to make sure we create opportunities for our residents to experience the next portion of their journey through the lens of opportunity, instead of the lens of loss.”
3488 Copper River Ave., SW
Wyoming, MI 49418