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BHI Healthcare Group Arranges $41.8 Million Construction Financing For the Oasis at Coral Reef, New Senior Living Facility in Miami

NEW YORK, – BHI, a full-service commercial bank, announced that its Healthcare Group has arranged $41,860,000 in construction financing for the Oasis at Coral Reef, a new 217,123-square-foot luxury senior living facility under development in Miami, adjacent to Jackson South Medical Center. BHI has provided financing of $31,860,000 and Coastal States Bank $10 million. The borrower is Royal Senior Care, which owns and operates senior living facilities in the Southeastern United States with a primary focus in South Florida.

The Oasis at Coral Reef will offer a total of 201 catered living, assisted living and memory care units in three buildings spread over an 8.67-acre campus. Royal Senior Care facilities feature gourmet restaurant-style dining, boutique hotel décor, and a variety of luxury amenities.

The Coral Reef transaction marks BHI’s second for Royal Senior Care. In 2018, the bank arranged a refinancing of the company’s Oakmonte of Davie senior housing facility.

“We regard healthcare as a highly strategic vertical within BHI. We are committed to the future of this growing sector and to supporting our healthcare clients such as Royal Senior Care,” said Gil Karni, CEO of BHI.

“BHI has proven to be a highly supportive partner over the years. BHI’s healthcare team is expert in the intricacies of the senior living sector and understands our business. We are very pleased to collaborate with them again,” said Sean Kanov, Managing Director of Royal Senior Care.

“Although 2020 was a challenge for many senior living, assisted living and memory care operators, BHI believes in the outlook and demographics of the business. We continue to support our clients and provide financing in the sector. Royal Senior Care has a keen understanding of the market. Its communities with their exceptional amenities offer great appeal for residents,” said Tami Antebi, First Vice President and Head of BHI Healthcare.

“BHI aims to build long-term relationships with clients by becoming acquainted with their business objectives and providing tailored financial solutions to meet them. Royal Senior Care has a substantial track record of success in the Florida senior care industry. We look forward to continuing our productive partnership going forward,” said Steven Caligor, EVP, Division Executive of Structured Finance Group at BHI.

Alex Markowits

Alex Markowits, President & CEO at Spring Hills Senior Communities, Discusses Expansion Program.

Alex Markowits is no stranger to providing quality care, in fact he says it “was ingrained in his DNA.” He grew up surrounded by a family that was focused on helping others and giving to vulnerable populations. After college, he became a licensed nursing home administrator and he worked with turn-around specialists who would go in and improve nursing homes that weren’t being run properly. In 2000, Markowits and his family had a unique opportunity to raise money and save a community that was going to have to close, saving all of the employees jobs with it, and turn it into assisted living. Fast forward to now, and Markowits is continuing to aspire and create programs that contribute to the highest level of care with Spring Hills Population Health System.

Spring Hills Population Health includes the design, delivery, coordination, and payment for high-quality health care services using the best resources available, including accountable care organizations (ACOs), risk stratification methods, patient registries, and patient-centered medical home and other models of team-based care. Markowits says, “there is a big push to improve efficiency and outcomes while providing patient centered care. We believe that quality of life is just as important as quality of care.”

Though the last year has been challenging in senior living, Markowits believes it has allowed the industry to focus on critical changes that need to be made and allowed powerful ideas and initiatives to come to fruition. He says, “everything needs to align in order to provide and create transformational change.” Spring Hills intends to grow the program by engaging data consultants and partnering with health systems and payers, care specialists, and social service providers. Its team will leverage technologies that streamline communications and care provision to provide comprehensive population health services to patients enrolled in the program.

Aside from their population health plans, Spring Hills is eager to focus on building new communities and bringing existing communities into the future. At Spring Hills, “we believe the most precious thing that you can’t buy, is time, if we are able to give you the best quality of life and care, we are giving you time,” says Markowits. He and his team are leading by example, encouraging residents, staff, and the public to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Their pharmacy partnership has allowed easy access to vaccinations for all of their residents and Spring Hills has put focus on providing answers and assurance for people who may have questions or feel uncertain. One of Spring Hills main goals moving forward is to combat the isolation COVID-19 brought on by utilizing technology and cultivating meaningful engagement.

Markowits is enthusiastic about the future of Spring Hills and their Population Health Management Program and hopes that it helps to fix a healthcare system that is broken. While currently focused on building programs in New Jersey, Spring Hills intends to scale its population health management program to support the provision of health care across the organization’s care continuum. They are always continuing to look at evolving and groundbreaking opportunities to put into practice within their communities.

 

The Hacienda at Georgetown Will Open Late 2022 With Celebrated Chef, Stephan Pyles, as Chief Culinary Advisor

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – The Hacienda at Georgetown will debut in late 2022 as part of Watermark Retirement Communities’ Élan Collection, the brand’s elite collection of senior communities crafted with luxury resort amenities. Located on 13 acres at the south entrance to Sun City Georgetown, The Hacienda at Georgetown will offer an unparalleled lifestyle for sophisticated seniors that includes engaging programming, extraordinary design, integrated indoor-outdoor spaces, and world-class culinary offerings created by celebrated chef Stephan Pyles.

Often referred to as the “founding father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Chef Stephan Pyles will bring his signature New Texas Cuisine to The Hacienda at Georgetown’s four dining venues, including a restaurant and bar open to the public. This restaurant will be the region’s first fine-dining establishment located in a senior living community and once open is expected to be one of the area’s most in-demand dining destinations. In addition to the new fine-dining restaurant, Chef Pyles will define the overall direction for each of the property’s other three dining venues, including the development of concepts, menus, presentations and kitchen design.  Chef Pyles will also host a series of special events including cooking demonstrations and wine dinners at the new community.

“Food brings us together as nothing else can, shaping our memories and empowering our communities,” said Chef Stephan Pyles. “Food truly transcends all boundaries and feeds our lifelong need to discover, which is a vital element in a long and healthy life. I’m especially looking forward to being a part of the property’s innovative community restaurant, which will be a welcome addition to the city. It will provide a new opportunity to bring together Georgetown residents of all ages to gather, dine well, and create new memories under one roof.”

In addition to The Hacienda at Georgetown’s culinary offerings, ranging from a fine dining venue to a casual café and bar, the community will promote vibrancy and longevity through a robust suite of programming and amenities including a specially designed outdoor amphitheater and a fully equipped wellness center with a salon, spa, club rooms, fitness center, theater, meditation garden and a luxury resort-like pool with cabanas.

“Offering a seamless and exceptional lifestyle are hallmarks of the Watermark experience, and The Hacienda at Georgetown will be no exception,” said David Freshwater, Chairman of Watermark Retirement Communities. “We’re excited to add The Hacienda at Georgetown to our prestigious Élan Collection and open the community with one of Texas’ most celebrated chefs at its helm. Chef Pyles will further enhance the daily lives of our residents and create an impactful relationship between our property and the Georgetown community.”

A fifth-generation Texan with a career spanning four decades, Pyles has opened 23 restaurants in six cities over the past 32 years and remains to this day one of Texas’ most successful and influential chefs. Most notably, Pyles is the first chef from the Southwest to win a James Beard Award for Best Chef and was the first Texan inducted into Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. He has been named Chef of the Year by seven publications, including Esquire Magazine, and has been nominated for 18 additional awards from the James Beard Foundation. He is a four-time cookbook author and has been host of an Emmy-award winning PBS Television series.

Bon Appetit has also recognized him for his lasting impact on Texas’ culinary scene and named him Chef of the Year in 2006.

The Hacienda at Georgetown is being developed through a strategic partnership between Watermark Retirement Communities, MedCore Partners, a Dallas-based healthcare and medical real estate group and The National Realty Group, a Houston-based full-service commercial and industrial real estate company. Dallas-based architecture and planning firm, REES Associates, and Austin-based award-winning interior design studio, Studio Six5, are collaborating on the design for the community. Tulsa-based ACRON USA is providing LP Equity for the project.

Reservations are being accepted for Independent Living one- and two-bedroom residences. For more information, please visit haciendageorgetown.com or call 512.591.0100.

Appanage "The Grand" Bedroom

Introducing Appanage: A Modern, Wellness-Oriented Living Model Designed to Transform the Aging Experience for Baby Boomers

Appanage co-founders Eliot Listman and Daniel Stern have created a membership-based model that offers baby boomers access to private, intergenerational, turn-key living experiences. Listman and Stern aim to cater to the 10,000 people a day turning 65 in the US, and provide them with a wellness focused luxury lifestyle. Listman says, “our intergenerational living approach enables a sense of community and creates an organic sense of vibrancy within our residences.”

“Today’s senior living options do not address the personal wellness needs and preferences of the aging baby boomer population – whether they are 55 years old and downsizing or 85 and wanting to avoid institutional housing. I have personally seen family and friends struggle to find the right living solution to enjoy what ought to be their best years. This is what brought us to launch Appanage. Appanage is a modern and aspirational approach to aging well, living longer and better, and effectively transforming the living and lifestyle needs of baby boomers,” said Daniel Stern, co-founder of Appanage and senior housing industry expert.

A unique feature for baby-boomers who like to travel or be on the go, is that Appanage allows members to split their time between different residences. As they continue to create living spaces in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Chicago, and Boston, members have the opportunity to travel between residences and personalize their aging experience. The first collection of residences are currently move in ready at The Grand at Sky View Park in Queens, NY, and at Popham Hall in Scarsdale, NY.

Residents can expect an engaging, wellness centered lifestyle within their Appanage community. They offer an activity schedule from 8am-8pm every day, where residents can choose to participate in programs that interest them. They have relationships with nearby restaurants to provide a different dining experience, or they encourage residents to dine together in their residences. Appanage communities are equipped with gym facilities, yoga studios, and other wellness opportunities.  Stern says, “as we continue negotiations in Manhattan, we aim to choose buildings based on design, ecosystem, and what amenities they have to offer.”

Appanage has their own team of wellness experts who are trained in their specific program, these experts are there to check in with the residents on a regular basis, and assure their holistic needs and care are being met. It is extremely important to Stern and Listman to make sure families and loved ones know that someone is caring for their resident and they have the support and services that they need. Listman says, “wellness is proactive, healthcare is reactive.” Which is why Appanage focuses on creating programing that stimulates physical, mental, and holistic wellness. They encourage their residents to create meaningful relationships with people who have similar passions or interests to them across multiple generations.

Listman and Stern hope that Appanage meets the baby boomer generation where they are when they are ready to make a change. Their unique approach to living and wellness aims to attract older adults who aren’t quite yet ready for a traditional senior living experience. Appanage is eager to grow and offer residents a personalized, holistic, and multigenerational lifestyle.

Exciting Changes Coming to The Residences at Thomas Circle

WASHINGTON, —  Renovations are officially underway at The Residences at Thomas Circle, a premier Senior Lifestyle living community located in downtown D.C. The community provides a variety of enjoyable lifestyle options for senior residents, including independent living, assisted living, and memory care.

To be completed spring 2021, the renovations will bring new life to several common areas of The Residences of Thomas Circle by adding a modern look to their memory care neighborhood, which serves residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

The renovations will include a multi-purpose activity room, a living room, a den/library, and a main and private dining room. All of the renewed spaces will offer a warm, comforting, and neutral color palette with a contemporary twist and provide areas for current and future residents and their families to visit and enjoy time together. The rooms will incorporate rich and luxurious textures with sophisticated wooden furniture, plush seating and drapery, and contemporary artwork and lighting to create fresh and rejuvenated spaces for residents to feel at home and continue their activities while still receiving the care and services they need.

“The Residences at Thomas Circle has long seen the need to serve memory care residents in the District of Columbia. We now have an incredible space which will help these residents to benefit from needs-based amenities and greater socialization,” says Sena Quist, Executive Director of the Residences of Thomas Circle. “The additions focus on lifestyle stations designed to serve the needs of residents with dementia and memory-related loss. With team members trained as Certified Dementia Practitioners, we are proud to have a team who will help create an environment to ensure current and future residents live with dignity and the highest quality of care.”

The Residences at Thomas Circle renovations also include the expansion of the Memory Care neighborhood with 17 new apartment homes. Memory Care neighborhood residents benefit from Senior Lifestyle’s award-winning memory program, embrace Memory Care, which was created to assist residents living with dementia or Alzheimer’s to find more joy and connection in their lives. The program is based on the latest memory research and forms daily rhythms for residents that allow more choice and independence in their days, such as choosing activities and menu items through visual cues. This program supports family members and friends in creating more meaning and connection in their visits through innovative programs and guided interactions. By building additional fully-furnished apartment homes, The Residence at Thomas Circle will be able to provide care for more seniors and their loved ones.

The Residences at Thomas Circle provides a friendly senior living environment with personalized care and comfortable, state-of-the-art amenities. The new expansion will create the need for additional team members, and more job opportunities will become available. With a location close to the finest monuments, museums, dining, and cultural experiences the country has to offer, it is no wonder Senior Lifestyle’s The Residences at Thomas Circle is the community of choice for many seniors.

About Senior Lifestyle Corporation
Senior Lifestyle, founded in 1985, is a privately-held, owner-operator and developer of seniors housing communities. With a portfolio exceeding 100 communities located throughout 27 states, Senior Lifestyle offers independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing for the luxury, moderate and affordable segments. Senior Lifestyle has been routinely recognized as a leader in the delivery of innovative programs and hospitality services for all levels of care. For more information, visit www.seniorlifestyle.com.

Watercrest Senior Living Group Celebrates the Promotion of Michelle Miller to Executive Director of Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care

VERO BEACH, Fla., — Watercrest Senior Living Group is thrilled to announce the promotion of Michelle Miller to Executive Director of Pelican Landing Assisted Living and Memory Care in Sebastian, Fla.  Michelle will lead Pelican Landing as former Executive Director, Kim Sviben advances in her career to Watercrest’s Area Director of Operations.

Michelle joined the Watercrest family in 2019 as Assistant Executive Director of Watercrest St. Lucie West, where she successfully supported community growth and established strong relationships with her team and resident families.  During her leadership, Miller created a company-wide reputation for her enthusiasm, dedication, and embodiment of Watercrest’s commitment ‘to welcome, to care, to serve.’

“Michelle not only has years of nursing management and compliance experience, but she leads with a servant heart, always prioritizing her team and her community,” says Angela Bowden, Regional Director of Operations for Watercrest Senior Living Group. “With her excellent team building skills and infectious personality, we are confident Michelle will lead Pelican Landing with great success.”

Michelle brings 22 years of nursing experience to her role, as well as service in the U.S. Army where she spent four years in Military Intelligence as a Korean Linguist, Electronic Warfare Signal Interceptor Specialist.  As Executive Director of Pelican Landing, Michelle will maintain the community’s exceptional industry presence since being awarded ‘Best Assisted Living Community’ two years in a row by the Hometown News.

“Not since being in the military, have I felt the true camaraderie and family spirit that I feel at Watercrest,” says Michelle Miller. “Watercrest allows us to get to the heart of what really matters, our people, and gives us the opportunity to be collaborators carrying out a larger mission and honoring the residents with the best care possible.”

Ideally located at 13085 US Highway 1, Pelican Landing offers 63 assisted living and 26 memory care apartments with attractive accommodations and outstanding care. The neighboring area offers diverse retail and residential neighborhoods, the Sebastian River Medical Center, and a charming riverfront district with unobstructed views of the intra-coastal waterway.  For information, call 772-581-0366.

About Watercrest Senior Living Group
Watercrest Senior Living Group was founded to honor our mothers and fathers, aspiring to become a beacon for quality in senior living by surpassing standards of care, service and associate training. Watercrest senior living communities are recognized for their luxury aesthetic, exceptional amenities, world-class care, and innovative memory care programming offering unparalleled service to seniors living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. A certified Great Place to Work, Watercrest Senior Living Group specializes in the development and operations management of assisted living and memory care communities and the growth of servant leaders.  For information, visit www.watercrestseniorliving.com.

Senior Living Operators Begin to Make COVID-19 Vaccines Mandatory for Staff

As vaccination rates increase and senior living restriction begin to decrease, many operators across the country are coming out with mandates for their staff to be vaccinated. Civitas Senior Living, Juniper Communities, Atria Senior Living, Silverado Senior Living, and Sunrise Senior Living are amongst the first to declare mandatory vaccines for all staff members throughout all of their respective communities.

In a press release sent on March 18th, Civitas Senior Living Chief Operating Officer Misty Miller said making the vaccines mandatory was imperative to not only protect all Civitas residents and employees but also return the senior living industry to pre-COVID normalcy.

“Due to Civitas’ vaccination efforts at our communities, we have seen incredible results,” Miller said. “As of today, we do not currently have any residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 at our communities. We credit this to our vaccination program, effective protocol, and the passionate care of our staff members. However, we recognize that the COVID-19 virus still poses a threat. It is up to Civitas and all of us to stay vigilant. We know that the vaccines are the way to the future, a future that not only benefits our residents’ quality of life but also the senior living industry. That is why we are requiring all of our employees to take that next step and get vaccinated.”

The goal of requiring all staff members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is to protect the most susceptible and vulnerable population that they care for and interact with every day. Individuals who work in senior living are rather used to putting residents first and view the vaccine as an opportunity to continue to provide the best level of care and assure resident safety. However, not everyone is onboard with the mandate, as exemplified by the approximate 30 individuals who self-terminated at Juniper Communities in response to their vaccination requirement.

Although COVID-19 cases in LTC appear to be dropping, staff and resident vaccination is crucial in order to welcome new residents, staff, and visitors without fear of exposure or infection. Atria Senior Living and Civitas Senior Living employees have until May 1st to be fully vaccinated, and this trend is expected to continue throughout the industry. Companies do have the right to mandate their staff to be vaccinated, however there are certain medical / religious exemptions that should be honored according to law.

Wayne Powell, Co-Founder at Civitas Senior Living says, “the vaccine is the best way forward.” Senior Living Communities across the country are eager to return to a sense of normalcy and for some mandating staff vaccinations are another step toward a safer future. As more communities join the roster of mandatory staff vaccinations and many have 100% resident vaccination rates, hope is on the horizon for an industry that has been on lockdown for over a year.

Brookdale Welcoming Families Back into Communities

NASHVILLE, Tenn., — A little over a year after visitor restrictions were put into place as one measure to help protect residents from COVID-19, Brookdale communities across the country are now able to lift those restrictions to allow both outdoor AND indoor visits, subject to specific state guidance.

The applicable state regulatory agencies in the 43 states in which Brookdale operates have adapted guidance to align with the recently updated protocols from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and/or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allowing assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing facilities to loosen restrictions on visits. Assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing communities that meet the state specific requirements are beginning to let families and loved ones in for visits again!  Independent living communities that are not licensed by the state but which had restricted visits as a measure of protection have also lifted visit restrictions.

Brookdale President and Chief Executive Officer Lucinda “Cindy” Baier was pleased that more families can start to join their loved ones in their communities again. “Brookdale has worked hard to keep our residents engaged and connected with their families, even when visits were not possible, by increasing use of technology and employing new ideas such as window visits and car parades. But there is no substitute for an actual visit with loved ones right inside a Brookdale community, our residents’ home. We are thrilled to see families again connecting in person. We’re excited to move into this next phase, guided by the CDC, CMS, and the applicable state health authorities.”

States such as Rhode IslandWashington and Florida have already been able to schedule families for indoor visits. In some states, state health departments have updated guidance to allow for “brief contact.”

The week that Brookdale West Bay in Rhode Island resumed in-person visits, the state released new guidance allowing for hugs. Resident Hazel Slocum was left speechless when she got to hug her son and daughter-in-law, Phil and Lauren. “You done great kid,” said Phil as he hugged his mother for the first time in a year. Their story, and others, can be seen on this episode of NBC Dateline.

In Washington, in-person visits resumed at Brookdale West Seattle on March 22, 2021Adrienne Gregory’s daughter was able to visit for three hours and they were able to hug for the first time since March. Gregory remarked how, “it felt good to be together again.”

About Brookdale
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates and manages independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities, with 726 communities in 43 states and the ability to serve approximately 64,000 residents as of December 31, 2020. The Company also offers a range of home health, hospice and outpatient therapy services to over 17,000 patients as of that date. For more Brookdale news, go to brookdalenews.com.

Bentley Village Center for Living Well

Vi at Bentley Village to Launch Redevelopment of Care Venues

Naples, Fla. – Vi at Bentley Village is pleased to announce plans for a large-scale revitalization project to refurbish the community’s Skilled Nursing Facility (Bentley Care Center) and Assisted Living Residences. These two care areas are part of the Vi at Bentley Village campus which also includes independent living apartments and coach homes. The $41 million redevelopment is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2021 and conclude within 18 months.

In the Bentley Care Center, resident rooms will be redesigned for enhanced privacy. All resident rooms will be transformed into single-occupancy rooms with private baths and located on the second and third floors of the existing building and a new north wing. Once completed, there will be 84 private rooms. In addition, the therapeutic areas, multipurpose spaces and activity areas will be enhanced to allow for growth of services. Integrated into the Bentley Care Center will be the new “Bentley Center for Living Well” which will house new wellness, home health and therapy services. The 5,700 square foot therapy building will include: state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy equipment, private treatment rooms and an outdoor therapy courtyard. Parking areas, building entryways and exterior spaces at the care center will also be

revamped.

In the Assisted Living Residences, the expansion will increase resident capacity to 84-one-bedroom assisted living apartments and 15 memory support apartments. The renewal will also include new living and dining spaces with a lounge and bar, and multipurpose, fitness and activity rooms. The courtyard will be re-envisioned to provide enhanced seating and shade structures along with new landscaping.

“We are excited to announce this redevelopment because it shows our commitment to provide top-notch services and amenities to heighten our residents’ well-being,” said Penny Smith, Executive Director at Vi at Bentley Village. “The expanded facilities will allow us to augment programs and activities that our dedicated employees implement as they care for our residents in these venues.”

The Bentley Care Center has been recognized with an overall five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  This rating is based on criteria determined by the CMS five-star rating system, which assesses all Skilled Nursing Facilities against four indicator categories: health inspection, quality indicators, staffing and RN staffing.

Located in Naples, Fla., Vi at Bentley Village has been providing luxury retirement living for more than 30 years. The community provides a continuum of care including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing to its residents. Vi at Bentley Village is situated on 156 lush acres, provides more than 12 miles of walking trails, an 18-hole par-3 golf course, a pro shop, and much more.

To find out more about Vi at Bentley Village, visit naples.viliving.com.

The Art of Living Well Takes Shape at Viamonte at Walnut Creek

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.,  — Contra Costa County’s fastest selling Life-Plan Community, Viamonte at Walnut Creek by Sequoia Living, made the early decision to emphasize art when planning the design of its active senior community enhancing the lifestyle of the space for its residents.  Harold Hoeg, owner of Horizon Art, was brought in to collaborate with StudioSIX5 interior design and architecture to ensure that the artistic aesthetic was in sync with the overall design of this contemporary community.

“The beauty of curating a collection for a community like Viamonte is in the thoughtfulness of selecting each installation.  When it is done well, it tells a fascinating story,” said Hoeg.  “In the case of Viamante, we understood that our residents embodied a discerning art-loving audience.  It was evident that creating an emotional bridge to the area would require a Biophilic philosophy, which we approached with local artists in mind.”

The term Biophilic focuses on human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes.  Popularized by American biologist Edward O Wilson in the 1980’s, when he observed how increasing rates of urbanization were leading to a disconnection with the natural world, it seeks to bring nature indoors in a way that it can be enjoyed. Working with the light and views surrounding the property, an emphasis on natural resources is evident in both the artwork and overall design, including constructing the community around the now focal point Legacy Oak Tree. Hoeg integrated broader themes of local art highlighting bold, contemporary and abstract pieces to heighten the spirit and experience.

“Long corridors can be, simply – well… long – so we wanted something that would provide moments of brightness to resident commutes and engage their spirits, where people could stop, connect, and enjoy the stunning scale of these rare finds.”

Many of the pieces selected showcase interesting objects with dimension and texture that allow residents to stop and enjoy the journey down the long corridor. The art has become such a popular lifestyle element for the residents that the art collection has morphed into an organized art walk for the community, providing the opportunity to enjoy the color and space while learning more about the artists themselves. Artists are also conducting interviews for residents to talk about specific pieces located at the community as well as inspiration for their work.

While many of Viamonte’s residents are able to get out and about, COVID-19 closed off many outdoor options.  The art installation is just one of the many elements of the community’s lifestyle enhancements showcasing the importance that aesthetic can play in overall satisfaction in lifestyle.  Other enhancements include gourmet dining through two onsite restaurants, a wine bar, outdoor fireplaces and sitting areas, bocce court and heated swimming pool with nano-doors leading to a sundeck. A private gym, salon, art and workshop are all included in the Viamonte offering.

Viamonte At Walnut Creek is the only life-care community of its kind in the East Bay.  Featuring 1-bed/1-bath or 2-bed/2-bath with adjacent dens, the living spaces are designed to be roomy, light and bright, with high end designer features and finishes. Full kitchens, generous living spaces, and private decks or patios round out the residence offering.

“Life at Viamonte feels like staying at a high-end resort,” said Lon Shapiro, a resident at Viamonte. “No detail has been spared.”

While Viamonte At Walnut Creek enjoys the reputation of being one of the fastest selling life plan communities in Northern California, there are still a limited number of homes available.  To find out more, schedule a tour or for a private in person appointment at our preview center, simply call 925-621-6600 or visit online at www.viamonteliving.org.