LAKEWOOD RANCH -- As more families with aging parents move into Lakewood Ranch, the need to have their loved ones live close by is growing.
The master-planned community recognizes this and is making room to welcome the first independent living residence in Lakewood Ranch, along with the expansion of a memory care facility next door. There are also plans for a senior living facility just to the north of Rangeland Parkway and Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.
More than 4 acres have just been cleared on the north side of Town Center Parkway to become the home next summer of Cypress Springs, an independent senior living community developed by Oregon-based Colson & Colson.
Its parent company, Hawthorn Retirement Group, purchased the land from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. The company is a family-owned business that operates more than 40 senior living facilities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Just to the south of this new senior development, Windsor
Reflections Memory Care, an assisted living residence on Natures Way for the past seven years, is expanding its Alzheimer's and memory care facilities. The Windsor campus will add 12 suites to its 40-suite memory care center by October, according to officials of Legend Senior Living, a privately held company whose co-owner, Peter Russell of SDR Development in Sarasota, is heading the project.
"We never had the plan to expand our memory care center, but there is a definite need and an obligation to our families to do so. They are encouraging our expansion and they appreciate it," said Debi Thomas, regional vice president of sales and marketing for Legend Senior Living.
Thomas says the extension will flow easily into the main building, designed to enhance the quality of life for the residents and their families.
"The loss of memory is a very sad disease. To be able to give great care in an environment that is warm and inviting is a blessing to our families," said Thomas. The company is planning to hire more caregivers to provide skilled nursing care and personal assistance for additional patients.
Next door to the Windsor, the land is cleared and ready for construction of Cypress Springs, a four-story, independent living community with 123 suites that will be available for rent, ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments, with access to elevators, parking, a pool and gym amenities. The apartments are geared for active seniors who can live alone without medical supervision, enjoy social activities, and want the luxury of having their meals prepared by a chef on the premises.
Construction manager Randy Kennel, of Colson & Colson, says the goal is to make the community "attractive and competitive."
"We have a program in place where we can compete very well with others in town. Our scenario is simple. You can rent month-to-month and there's no big buy in. This makes it much more affordable," Kennel said.
The company has built several other senior living communities in Florida and plans to hire about a dozen employees for the Lakewood Ranch location.
Kathryn Moschella, Lakewood Ranch reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7010. Follow her on Twitter @MoschellaHerald.