Thornton Mayor Heidi Williams, InnovAge President and CEO Maureen Hewitt and more than 50 older adults were welcomed home at the opening of the non-profit’s and Thornton’s newest senior housing community on September 24.
InnovAge Senior Housing – Thornton is an affordable 72-unit four-story residential rental community of one- and two-bedroom apartments for people 55 and older.
“InnovAge’s affordable senior housing development is now home to more than 100 seniors with limited incomes and is an important part of our commitment to the independence of older adults,” Hewitt said. “InnovAge senior housing helps fill the gap for the nearly four million low-income older adults who are eligible for housing in the U.S., but have a difficult time finding it.”
The development offers freedom from the responsibilities of maintaining a home, while residents enjoy the benefits of community living in an atmosphere designed to preserve the older adult’s independence. The contemporary-design building uses American with Disabilities Act guidelines and includes lever door and faucet handles, easy-to-enter apartments, and wide doorways to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs.
“The building is nearly 100 percent leased, and that’s great,” Hewitt said. “But that’s also a message that we just don’t have enough affordable senior housing to go around. This is something those of us in the senior services industry really need to address.”
The development broke ground in August 2013 and its first residents began moving in September 2014. The development offers a putting green, raised community garden beds and a dog park.
“It was really important to me that residents keep their pets when they move in,” Hewitt added. “Many times, apartments for older adults don’t allow pets, but they’re part of the family. So our on-site dog park is a nod to that relationship. It’s really the embodiment of InnovAge
living life on your terms.”
For more information, contact InnovAge at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://InnovAgeSeniorHousing.org.