By Chris Bavender
A new initiative to allow Zionsville Meadows residents to remain as independent as possible – without having to cook and clean – was unveiled in February. The Cornerstone Initiative combines independent living with the amenities of assisted living.
“We noticed a trend of potential residents asking about independent living but expressing interest in having the social aspect of our assisted living,” said Nick Halstead, Zionsville Meadows general manager. “They wanted the comfort of having nurses on staff 24/7 in case the need would arise, and they didn’t want to have to worry about cooking or cleaning.”
The Cornerstone all-inclusive living option is for seniors who want the comfort of knowing someone is near and the freedom from daily chores.
“This allows our Cornerstone Living residents to save money each month and allows them to stretch their funds a little further,” Halstead said. “Aging in place is the new thing, and planning ahead is key. Saving money, not worrying about everyday stressors and increased socialization is what Cornerstone Living is all about. The goal is to lead to a healthier you.”
Residents can enjoy everything from a hair salon on the premises to a workout in the gym, catching a movie at the indoor theater to a meal with friends in Zionsville Meadows’ restaurant. Transportation also is available to take residents to events around town.
So far, five assisted living residents have taken advantage of the Cornerstone Initiative, Halstead said.
Response has been positive.
“The family response has been great, and they appreciate that we are looking at different measures to give their loved ones a new outlook on assisted living communities,” Halstead said. “The residents are generally happy because they are saving money each month and capitalizing on all the assisted living amenities we have to offer.”