The Roanoker - September/October 2014 - R18
THIS ASSISTED-LIVING COMMUNITY OFFERS SENIORS
THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS, STAY ACTIVE
AND RETAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF FREEDOM.
BY JESSICA WRIGHT
At Pheasant Ridge Senior Living Community in Roanoke, residents are essentially extending their life in
different - and positive - ways. Melanie Dooley, marketing director, says their goal is to provide seniors with a
high level of care that allows them to still have choices,
dignity, privacy and respect. And if they so choose,
residents can be active physically and socially thanks
to Pheasant Ridge's many amenities and activities.
If needed, Pheasant Ridge offers medicine management, bathing, dressing, feeding, respite care and
hospice. There's also a beauty salon, laundry room,
country kitchen for between-meal snacks or baking
(with supervision), and a front parlor where music performances, church services and Bible studies are held.
An enclosed outdoor area is available for relaxing or
other activities. Three hot meals are served daily in the
formal dining room; breakfast is always made-to-order.
Dooley says a residents council exists to further extend their ability to make choices.
"They make decisions about where to go on outings,
what food they'd like to have and other topics," she
says. "Many seniors leave home and think they'll go
somewhere they will have no say. That's not true here."
Activities - like the outings the residents council
helps plan - abound here, too. Destinations include
the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, museums,
And if they so choose, residents can be
active physically and socially thanks to
Pheasant Ridge's many amenities
movie theaters and restaurants. Within the facility, seniors enjoy exercise classes such as balloon volleyball,
crafts, word, card and board games, bingo and more.
Paul Suter, a retired Army staff sergeant and World
War II veteran, says there are so many things he likes
about Pheasant Ridge. He enjoys singing and participating in bingo games and restaurant outings. Often
when he goes out, soldiers pay for his meals or come
up and salute him.
"Residents also form clubs," Dooley says. "We encourage them to share their talents and form clubs with
others that have similar interests. We have a garden
club, a knitting club and several others."
Apartments at Pheasant Ridge include studio, onebedroom and two-bedroom options, all complete with
spacious closets, bathrooms, handrails for assistance
and call buttons for emergencies. All are also equipped
with an intercom system that allows staff to call on the
resident if they are not seen at a meal to ensure they
are OK. If they are able to care for them, residents are
allowed to have pets.
Suter, who recently turned 100, says the staff at
Pheasant Ridge is always so helpful.
"If they could bend over backward, they would,"
Pheasant Ridge also features a memory-care unit.
Outside of each room hangs a shadow box filled with
old pictures or other items that will help the residents
recognize which room is theirs. Like the assistedliving section, the memory-care unit offers activities, restaurant-style meals and a courtyard where
residents can enjoy the outdoors under supervision.
For more information: 540-725-1120 or pheasantridgeslc.com