Many factors should be considered when deciding on an assisted living facility for yourself or a loved one. Does it have a memory care unit? What types of amenities and space does it have? Where is it located and what are its medical protocols? What is the cost?
The Times recently spoke with representatives of three new senior communities – Brandywine Senior Living, Silverado Alexandria Memory Care Community and Sunrise Senior Living – that have either just opened or have facilities in the works in Alexandria to identify some of the current trends.
Brandywine opened on March 22 at 5550 Cardinal Place in the West End next to Cameron Station. Samantha Tricoli, director of community relations, said Brandywine focuses on luxury assisted living and memory care, topnotch amenities and allowing residents to maintain active lifestyles.
Tricoli said Brandywine was attracted to the location because of its proximity to Old Town and the District of Columbia and the possibilities for residents. She also said the organization saw a need for more senior living in Alexandria and wanted to be involved in the revitalization in the city’s West End.
The Alexandria senior living community is Brandywine’s first urban building, with six stories including first-floor retail space. In the three weeks since opening, five residents have moved in and the community can hold up to 127 more.