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Windsor Care Facility to Expand

Cedar Hill Sees Growing Demand

Windsor —The Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community, citing an increasing demand for assisted-living and care services for people suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, said Monday it would build a $10.6 million, two-level addition at its Route 5 facility.

The new 42,000 square foot wing will include a 20-bed “memory care” unit and would double the capacity of its independent and assisted-living accomodations to 41 apartments, according to the privately owned care facility.

“We are seeing significant demand for memory care services,” Patricia Horn, co-owner of Cedar Hill with her mother, Mary Louise Sayles, said Monday. “We offer memory care in the community but this will give us a state-of-the-art facility.”

Horn said there is also a steady demand from residents needing assisted and independent living accommodations.

“It is always full and when we do have openings, they fill up very quickly,” she said. “We have seen a steady increase for assisted living since we opened it in 1999.”

The expansion of what is called the Village at Cedar Hill will increase the total square footage to nearly 60,000 from the current size of almost 18,000. And with the memory care facility, capacity will triple to accomodate more than 60 residents.

Cedar Hill also operates a 39-bed nursing home facility and Victorian House at Cedar Hill, which provides care for 13 residents in a home-like setting.

The project has been in the planning stages for several years and Cedar Hill recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a $9 million insured mortgage on the project. Horn said that financing options are expanded now that the federal government is backstopping the mortgage.

“The insured money gives you greater access to funding sources,” Horn said.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for later this month. Construction is expected to take 11 months.

“It’s been a longtime coming and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be increasing our capacity here at Cedar Hill,” Sayles said in a news release Monday. “We are particularly excited about the memory care facility. It will be a real asset to individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”

In addition to the one and two bedroom and studio apartments on the second floor of the wing, there will be common living spaces including a living room, dining room, activity room, fitness center and library.

The memory care area, with 12 private apartments and eight semi-private apartments, will be a secured facility with staffing around-the-clock by those trained to care for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The project’s construction manager, Congress Construction, said it will utilize mostly local contractors for the project and expects to bring about 40 jobs to Windsor. The expansion was designed by MacKenzie Architects of Burlington.

Sayles and the late Judith Brogren founded the continuing care facility in 1988 and later added the assisted living facility.

Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh said in the news release that Cedar Hill’s expansion is welcome news to the town.

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at pogclmnt@gmail.com.