Suzanne Newman joins Kelley Smith at CarePartners Senior Living to talk about The Arbor in Bremerton, CarePartners’ newest community. Learn more at https://www.carepartnersliving.com/arbor-at-bremerton/
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The following podcast is provided by care partners living and answers for elders radio, and welcome back everyone to the answers for alders radio network with wonderful Kelly Smith from care partners senior living. And Kelly, I always love having you on the program and certainly we have so much fun together and I just hope that our listeners get what an amazing friend Kelly is to me and to everyone in our industry. And you know, it’s obviously exciting when she shared earlier than you know, just maybe a couple weeks ago now, maybe not even all of a sudden, she puts this thing up on social media, on her facebook page, which Kelly and I are friends on facebook. So I thought, and that was the first I heard of it. It’s like introducing our new community and it’s the Arbor in Bremerton, and I went, Holy Molly, I didn’t even know about this one. So, Kellie, you didn’t spill the beans. No, I didn’t, I didn’t. Well, we also had to wait because you anytime you you a transition like that, you know you have to be really careful, you know because again, you don’t want to say something too soon. You got due diligence and all this other stuff you have to do when Blah Blah Blah, and license changing and all that stuff. So, you know, I didn’t want to say anything too soon just in case, and then it wanted up working out and we were over the moon. We’ve got good staff down there, lots of good people. We might, you know, just like any any any sale, you bring in some of your own folks because you need to hit the ground running a little faster there. And it’s not personal. We don’t even you know, you don’t even know these folks and should you’ve already kind of got in place how you’re going to strategically place your chessmen here. Right. So you you got a wiggle around a little bit, but lots of good things happening over there. The reason we chose Bremerton, why we looked in that area, is there’s not a lot, even though the area is not what you’d call a wealthy part of town. It’s more your middle class folks. Okay, Middle Class folks need that Medicaid spend now. Well, and not only that, you’ve got a lot of military, yeah, military families that are there, certainly with you know, with that influence. You do have that. They need to have care specifically for those with, you know, brain injuries, with PTSD, with different types of scenarios that can manifest themselves even more when you’re older. So write a dedicated memory care facility in in Bremerton is incredible. Well, having one that again, like I said, will also work with those spendils, because that’s you know, that’s a big there’s plenty of private pay exactly, but not enough. But again you need more places that have again, that floating Medicaid license. We’re able to, you know, honor everybody that moves in, so you don’t have to worry about, you know, five beds or ten beds license. It’s not like that. So but again, due diligence on our part, you know, like really check in the market. We’re it’s not one of those buildings. You know that we’re it’s not COVINGTON. Right, okay. So, I mean it’s a whole new you know, it’s a very different, different community, it’s a very different part of town, it’s a very different it is very different world. So you have to you have to understand that folks are going to need to spend now they are. Well, you know and and LD and I sa was we have to be able to do this. But we’re also excited to be able to go in there and make some changes and put our such on it, you know, make it a care partner’s property, and that’s that’s the fun part, right and and I think the other thing that is really, you know, valuable about that area is, you know that the Olympic peninsula as a whole, you know, sometimes can be just because of where they’re located. It’s hard to get over the narrows bridge, it’s hard to get in on the ferry. Yeah, have that type service over there is so helpful, not only to those in Bremerton, but you’re talking Silverdale, we’re talking Paul’s Bow Yep, you know even you know in that in that up to port not had lock area. It’s not that far. Well, not only that, but I told the team, you know, there’s there’s enough folks out there that need to help, you know, that need quality dementia care. You know, in a great environment and the buildings fantastic and it’s different. It’s almost like they’re living in a cool hotel. The way it’s not cool and meet the way they have it designed is is very unique and again, most of our buildings are unique anywhere. Is it set up like a regular, traditional Meta memory care? I’m using that in a quotation setting. Is it like a traditional community? What? What is that layout? It’s like a one story. It’s almost shaped like a I don’t like an H. I don’t know. Okay, there’s every resident has their own room. And the difference that this is the only building we have that has bathrooms in the rooms, only only care we have, because that’s not something we design that way. We have a purpose. We don’t design them like that and it’s always resident safety and that type of thing. So with this one, you know, that’s that’s the one thing that’s kind of unique is is that again, it’s like staying in a luxury hotel. They got their own bathroom, they got, you know, these nice rooms that are very spacious, very spacious, lots of seating areas, lots of gathering areas, two beautiful outside areas. I mean, it’s just why the Nice building? And when? Is it big enough area so that we can do goodle training out there? Yes, yeah, Oh, Yay. I’ve got a lot of actually diddle owners over in the Pil Peninsula that need training. So well, the residents who love it. The residents would love it. That would be amazing. That would be awesome. So and if you said there’s sixty different apartments, and I believe. I got to go back and double check that. Like I said, we’ve been so crazy busy lately, but I do believe that it has. Yes, it has capacity for sixty. Not Huge, which is nice, not not huge, and the way it’s shake, it’s not everybody’s piled on top of each other. Like I said, when they said sixty, and I got a chance to see the community that was really shown and how big the rooms were, like this is fantastic, you know. Yeah, so it’s got a really neat layout. We just really, like I said, we just can’t wait, but you are we’re still adding touches, which is Frank. You know, make it, make it. Can’t make it ours. You’re just like yeah, my house, yeah, going there and to go well, only you know, I’m probably spend a lot. Almost curtains, you don’t know. You put your own touches on every right, exactly. Make It yours. And so it’s the kind of that same concept. Yeah, yeah, and so obviously by being in the peninsula. I can only imagine that there might be more expensive with you guys that area and the feud. The boss hasn’t come right out and said it yet, but they’ve hinted. They’ve hinted. You know that now that we have a memory care, maybe we should look into in your park and maybe we should look into a vineyard parkle but there, you know, animals is living. Maybe you know I there or there were. They’re always scheming, you know, on how they can continue to grow. You know, our girl company. They don’t want to grow. It’s so big that it’s a manageable and I get a lot of sideways looks, you know, because, like you guys work with so much medicaid. How do you keep growing? What’s how you doing? It’s called we’re not top heavy, except, yeah, we’re not top heavy. Like I said, we’re not top heavy, but we also, you know, manage. We manage our money pretty well. You know, we don’t know. You don’t smell spending a lot of money on over the top stuff. You can decorate a memory care and make it look fantastic and have the residence love everything that’s in there without spending a million dollars. Yeah, we don’t need to do that. No, if you don’t, and you have to have things that are practical for what they’re capable of doing to correct, you know, and what there what they’re really what their expectations are, you know. So, yeah, what what to do? Yes, absolutely, and certainly with Bremerton. You know, it’s it’s I have intrigued because I have, you know, I have not been that familiar with that area. I’ve getten that I’m up and in Mucl PA. You know, I can to know the North said really well, yeah, but I don’t necessarily know the South End. I do, I’m more so, but the peninsula is kind of been not really a good connection there for me. So I’m excited about that. And obviously there’s other types of communities are around in that area, but, you know, certainly to have that your philosophy. So tell me about some of the changes that you made in that area. Well, what I said for Bremerton, you know, all we really had to do is just kind of, like I said, put our touches. So you have to have you have to have the stations for the residents to be able to wander. Isn’t you get a good you know, we went in there and, you know, took a look at some of the different rooms and, you know, is there anything we can do differently for some of these folks? We took a look at, you know, the outside areas and made in one of the things we’re doing is landscaping and then completely redoing the outside to make it more to make it more desirable, just like it is in our courtyards in our other communities. Yeah, they have to have things to do out there. They’re not going to go out there unless they you know, out of telling impulse so bad. You have to figure out what kind of stuff they like. have to bring doodles over there. No, I had it. I think it would be amazing and certainly I know what kind of input packed that we can make. And I’ve got several families that have doodle logs that want to get them trained and, you know, we’ve been trying to figure out how to make that happen and with a potential venue like you have over there, that might be the perfect solution. And I like Bremerton for the location too, because it’s still close to Tacoma. Somebody could go over from Tacoma. You know, over the narrows bridge and connected. You know, it’s not about drive. I remember coming from red you have to be bought it here in April and needing to go down there and drive it all the way down and thinking this really is up now. It’s not bad. But about drive, it’s very pretty drup. You take even from muckle Ta, you take the ferry and it’s like I think it’s like forty minutes from the Kingston ferry down to ground. That’s not bad. No, no, so, so telly. We need to know how people can reach the it is the Arbor. Bremerton. Tell us about it. I think the best way to do is to check out our website. Okay, you go to your partners Livingcom you can. You can check out all the communities, but you can also go to’t click on the memory cure button, go down to the Arbor and there are photographs, yeah, and all kinds of you know, neat information about the community and you know this’s good way for people to get to see it. We’re going to once we’re all done with all the things we want to get set up in there. Then they’ll be a virtual tour will be adlet and for those of the you that are listening on. The address, I’m looking at the website as we speak right now, is three thousand five D and Ten Ninth Street, and that is in Bremerton. Nine eighty three, one two and the phone number, if you want to call, is three hundred and sixty zero, five two, five nine thou. Good numbers. Thank you. Yes, we’re gonna talk about community in our next segment. Kelly and I are going to talk a little bit about what what does that mean to care partners and specifically how they take care of their the community around them, and Kelly and I will be right back to that after this. The preceding podcast was provided by care partners living and answers for elders radio. To contact care partners living, go to care partners livingcom
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Founder and CEO of Answers for Elders, Inc., Suzanne Newman proclaims often, “Caring for my mom was the hardest thing I ever have done, but it was also my greatest privilege.” Following a career of over 25 years in sales, media, and marketing management, Suzanne Newman found herself on a 6-year journey caring for her mother. Her trials and tribulations as a family caregiver inspired an impassioned life mission outside of the corporate world to revolutionize the journey that so many other American families also find themselves on. In 2009, she became the founder and CEO of Answers for Elders, Inc., subsequently hosting hundreds of radio segments and podcasts, as well as authoring her first book. Suzanne and Answers for Elders, Inc. have spent 14 years, and counting, committed to helping families and seniors along their caregiving journeys by providing education, resources, and support. Each week on the Answers for Elders podcast, Suzanne is joined by vetted professional experts in over 65 categories including Health & Wellness, Life Changes, Living Options, Money, Law, and more. Suzanne lives in Edmonds, Washington with her husband, Keith, and their two doodle dogs, Whidbey and Skagit.
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