A new assisted living and memory care community. Exceptional wellness program. New floor plan options for independent living residents.
Oh, and of course, the vaccine and a light at the end of the tunnel.
“It’s going to be an exciting year at Ginger Cove,” says Joan Williams, the community’s Director of Marketing.
Over the past year, Ginger Cove has been proactive about testing and keeping every member of the community safe, going as far as to hire a private company to conduct weekly and sometimes daily COVID-19 tests for staff. “The entire Ginger Cove team and our residents have worked so hard and thoughtfully to keep everyone safe,” she says. “Residents feel good about life here and how the pandemic has been managed in our community.”
On-campus vaccinations began in January, and by the end of February, every resident of Ginger Cove received their second (and final) dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
While full vaccination doesn’t mean an immediate return to normalcy — residents and staff are protected, but we must respect those beyond our community who are not — Williams does see some small changes to start. “We are still going to social distance, and wear masks, and keep our own community and the Annapolis area safe as they have done for us,” Williams says. The library is open, religious services are being held, and the pool and fitness rooms are open. Fitness classes and amenities like the bar or group events remain on pause.
One “return to normal” step Ginger Cove hopes to take is opening up community dining again, even at a reduced capacity. “Dining is such a social experience for residents, so we are really working hard to make it possible to see everyone in our dining rooms again,” she says. “There is so much excitement here with the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for getting back to the community and seeing everyone’s faces again. Community is the dessert of life every day.”
The Heritage at Ginger Cove is expected to open in April, growing the Annapolis Assisted Living community and introducing Legacy, our person-centered Memory Care program at Ginger Cove for the first time. Features and amenities of the 67,100-square-foot addition include private deluxe apartments, gourmet dining, outdoor patio and winter garden with a beautiful, open environment for resident and family engagement and enjoyment.
For those with memory impairments, Ginger Cove’s evidence-based Legacy memory care program sets the Ginger Cove community apart from typical memory care facilities is that specialized program — supported by research — is designed to help residents develop current strengths, abilities, encourage cognitive function and social engagement, and stimulate memories which can result in a life filled with joy and meaning. Ginger Cove has a history of innovation and expertise and the Legacy program is a culmination of that experience, the latest research and the consultation of leaders in the field. To learn more, you can read more about the program for those living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory care conditions here.
Ginger Cove’s wellness program, called Wellness360, is based on the 7 Dimensions of Wellness: Physical, Social, Spiritual, Emotional, Occupational, Intellectual, and Environmental Health. While Ginger Cove residents have long enjoyed a focus on wellness at the community, the re-emphasis on all of the aspects of healthy living in 2021 is particularly important. “We believe in creating wellness and activity programs that are evidence-based in science and research, and our programs are designed to help residents build confidence, creativity and resilience,” Williams says.
Residents (all of whom are 60 years of age or better) can now choose from a number of options in independent living apartments. The new open floor plan is more contemporary and includes new countertops, bright tile backsplashes, stainless steel Whirlpool appliances, and new cabinets with soft-close doors and drawers. Apartments can also be equipped with Amazon’s Alexa smart home devices for managing lights and temperature. “We have received a phenomenal response from people who are looking to move into Ginger Cove,” she says.
And speaking of people: At some point this year, as restrictions ease, Williams expects to welcome more families back on campus. “Grandchildren and friends have been missed,” she says. “This is a beautiful waterfront community that offers a truly beautiful lifestyle for residents and we look forward to getting back to normal in the months to come. There is so much hope on the horizon at Ginger Cove.”
Looking for Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care on the water in the Annapolis area? Contact us to learn more. We can arrange a no-obligation, personal tour either virtual or in-person. This way, you can see for yourself the lifestyle and sense of community that make Ginger Cove such a wonderful place to call home.