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Live your best life at The Lodge

Jun 06, 2019 02:30PM ● By Melinda Mawdsley

With its modern mountain décor, emphasis on common space design and proximity to St. Mary’s Hospital, The Lodge at Grand Junction supports a quality, resident-first environment for assisted living and memory care.

“Every assisted living has brick and mortar. Everyone has food. Everyone has laundry and housekeeping,” said David Beil, marketing director for The Lodge. “There’s a certain minimum level of expectation. Where we want to set ourselves apart is we want to be an exceptional experience.”

Located across from St. Mary’s Hospital at 2656 Patterson Road, The Lodge is accepting leases for its 36 assisted living apartments—one bedroom or studios are available—and its 12 memory care studios located in a separate, secure side of the building.

All memory care studios cost $6,500 a month. Assisted living studios start at $4,200 a month and $4,700 for a one-bedroom apartment. That price includes meals, utilities such as cable and wireless Internet, transportation to medical appointments and access to a fitness room, spa and outdoor greenhouse.

It does not, however, include an additional monthly medical fee determined through a health assessment. That assessment sets the level of care an assisted living resident requires. Level One is the least amount of care and, therefore, a lower cost, Beil said.

The Lodge is private pay only, accepting long-term care insurance but not Medicaid.

Beil noted that residents and their visitors will expect a certain level of service at that price point, and the staff at The Lodge is prepared to deliver. Residents and guests will be greeted by an oversized common space with seating and a television inside the front door.

The dining room is nearby and resembles a restaurant. A private dining room is adjacent to the main area for guests and their visitors to use if desired. Three meals will be offered daily with accommodations made for those unable to eat at specific times.

Additionally, there is a fitness room, a multipurpose room with a full kitchen and large windows, and a theater room that also will serve as a chapel.

“The socialization later in life is a huge selling point of assisted living,” Beil said. “You make friends for life. We want to encourage residents to come dine and socialize.”

There will be a full slate of activities, including, but not limited to, cultural and educational programs with group outings and travel.

Although particular attention was paid to amenities—the quality of the food and resident engagement are often most important to residents, Beil said—the level of care residents in both assisted living and memory care will receive has not been overlooked.

The building is secure and equipped with a 24-hour emergency response system. Every apartment is wheelchair accessible with individual heating and cooling systems.

With a motto of “Age Well, Be Well, Live Well,” The Lodge has partnered with Wellage, a Colorado senior living management firm, to oversee staffing quality and service level.

The Lodge is open to anyone 55 and older.

“We want our residents to be able to tell their friends that don’t live with us that the food and activities are the best,” Beil said. “We want to be the place that they want to get to.”

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact The Lodge at 822-4141. ■