BY PATTY MILLER
The Veraden, Edmond’s newest senior living community, opened its doors Jan. 10 and in doing so opened a whole new look and style for seniors.
Edmond has long been known as a “jewel of a place to live,” and more than 500 Edmond residents welcomed The Veraden at their Grand Opening Celebration Thursday.
As local residents previewed the upscale amenities and refined retirement lifestyle of the $30 million community, they were met by a broad, curving staircase next to a glass-filled gas fireplace pit and three dancing fountains in the foyer. At one of the entries a grand piano greets those who come in and with a flip of a switch, it becomes a player piano. Throughout the open spaces, Oriental touche! s grace the walls and tablescapes. Walking the hallways is like viewing art at its best in all forms.
The Veraden offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and a Memory Care area as it modernizes and redefines the retirement experience. Spacious floor plans, fine dining, social activities, and wellness programs await those choosing to live at The Veraden.
“We have 45 Independent Living units,” said Executive Director Tonya Hodges, “with four units available at this time. We have 12 people on a waiting list that we are going through to fill the openings. At one time all of the units were filled but through death or some deciding they wanted to wait a little longer before leaving their homes, we have had some units come open.”
Costs per month range from $2,715 to $3,975 dependent on design of space, Hodges said. The Veraden Assis! ted Living is like living in a small town but with the added b! enefit of 24-hour support and 24-hour access to care, all while encouraging privacy and independence.
“There are 74 rooms in the Assisted Living area of the community with costs ranging from $3,075 to $4,075 depending on design of space and levels of care,” Hodges said.
It has a Life Skills Station which includes a washer and dryer and other appliances which residents may use if they wish.
The Veraden Memory Care Program is designed to meet the ever-changing needs of families and seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory-related diseases. With 23 rooms, the Memory Care Program offers a safe, secure environment for its residents with the cost $4,900 inclusive.
Every room has a view to the outdoors either viewing the heated swimming p! ool with a hot tub and cascading water fountain or one of the numerous patio areas with statuary and seating.
“We have zero degree entrance for the swimming pool,” said Lifestyles Director Jena Nelson.
Whether inside or out, one can see nature at its best. High ceilings create a spaciousness indoors, and large windows let in the natural light giving a quality of living many desire.
Each of the two living options, independent or assisted, offer day rooms where residents can visit with friends and family as well as areas with large screen televisions and game rooms.
Daily activities are planned around the residents’ interests with scheduled transportation to and from shopping and appointments, and a variety of social outings. The pet-friendly community also offers laundry and hous! ekeeping services plus apartment maintenance, allowing the residents ! to have the freedom to pursue the lifestyle they enjoy.
There are wellness activities, chef-prepared meals, and a tornado shelter in the basement. The fitness center offers exercises as well as a fitness trainer.
“In the fitness part we have numerous activities available including fitness balance, boxing and weights which our residents can use all under the guidance of one of our workers,” Nelson said. “We also have a bocce ball court.”
On the Independent Living floor the game room also offers a stocked bar with a daily Happy Hour. Whether learning something new in the Computer Center or curling up by the fireplace with a book or magazine residents can relax with friends and family in the Pub and Lounge.
“We recently hosted a Red, White and Brews day to honor our veterans in the Independent Living area,” Nelson said.
“This is not just a place to go, but a place to live and grow,” Nelson added. “With the planned activities, this is the perfect place to try new things or take time to continue things you might have set aside while your children were at home.”
A private dining room is available for family gatherings separate from the two main dining areas. Fresh flowers daily dot the tables on the Independent Living side of the facility. Thursday the lunch menu included grilled chicken marsala, while dinner featured chicken, spinach and mushroom lasagna.
Chef Ryan Pryor has 20 years in the dining business and moved from Denver when his fiancee’s job relocated her to the ! metro area.
“Everyone ! is valued here. All of our residents experience fine dining from the china and crystal to the individual towels with essential oils served on a silver tray before a meal for freshening up,” Nelson said.
The shelter area in the basement has another space for board games, dominoes and places for current events’ discussions that the residents can use anytime. It also has a movie theatre where movies will be running nightly with the added amenity of being able to receive the movie in the individual rooms on The Veraden channel. A fountain and popcorn machine are also in the shelter area.
“We want our residents to come to a place they feel comfortable in during a tornado warning or watch as well as be in a place they are used to,” Nelson said. “It gives them peace of mind.”
The Veraden modernizes and! redefines the retirement experience with its spacious floor plans, fine dining, social activities, and wellness programs.
Of The Veraden community, Nelson said, “This is their home. We just get to work in it.”
The Veraden at 2709 E. Danforth is a Sagora Senior Living Community. Sagora recently bought Copper Lake and renamed it Lyndale-at-Edmond.
For a small town atmosphere with big time amenities, call 3591230 for more information or to schedule a tour, or go to VeradenLife.com.