BRANDYWINE LIVING: “I pleasure in helping families find the best place for their loved ones. I introduce them to Brandywine and make sure they’ll be comfortable. Hilary Murray, Brandywine Living Serenade at Princeton’s Director of Community Relations, is pictured with staff, L-R: Hospitality Coordinator Casey Bonchi; Murray; Christy Esandrio, Corporate Sales Specialist; executive director Shanna Garland; and Christine Dandridge, director of the business office.
By Jean Straton
AAlmost everything will be available at all times at Brandywine Living Serenade in Princeton. Would you like the butler to arrange transport or bring lunch to your apartment? Or do you prefer to eat in the dining room at a time of your choosing? A late riser? You can have brunch at noon or lunch at 4, and wine at dinner!
It’s all about choice at the Brandywine Living Serenade in Princeton.
This upscale seniors’ residence, located at 775 Mount Lucas Road, is expected to open in late spring or early summer. Brandywine Living has acquired Acorn Glen, formerly at this location, and has completely transformed and renovated this facility.
“It’s got a whole new look,” says Hilary Murray, community relations manager for Brandywine Living Serenade in Princeton. “We have a large wooded area, landscaping with colorful gardens and plantings, and pleasant walking paths. The interior has beautiful appointments and beautiful decoration.
Active and engaged
Serenade at Princeton emphasizes luxury, privacy and service, she adds. It will offer residents the opportunity to be as active and engaged as they wish or, if they prefer, to stay put, read a book or walk around on their own. Many potential residents are very happy to be able to bring their small dog or cat, which is not available in all senior communities.
“We recognize that everyone is an individual, and we always emphasize that,” Murray said. “There are wonderful socializing opportunities here, but we also value people’s privacy. They can participate as they wish. It is important to understand that residents can be independent and private with the support and services we provide to help them maintain their independence. »
Along with her outstanding service, this recognition is one of the things that sets Serenade apart at Princeton, she notes. “The Serenade brand is unique. It focuses on the individual and offers top-notch service, including our butler service, who is there to meet every resident’s needs, whether they need help with transportation, technology, including the Zoom service, or even online shopping.
Serenade in Princeton is one of 31 Brandywine Senior Living communities on the East Coast and one of two in Princeton. Serenade offers independent living, assisted living, as well as a memory care center for people with dementia-related issues.
“We have 80 rental apartments, including 12 for Memory Care,” explains Murray. “These include studios and one and two bedroom rooms available on three floors.”
The layout and amenities of the apartments offer Brandywine style and comfort, she adds. “There are valances in every room, emergency pull cords in every apartment, and every bathroom has a flip-up bathing seat. Kitchen appliances and decor are all state of the art. Particular attention has been paid to every detail.”
Serenade offers an exceptional array of activities and programs that residents can enjoy throughout the day and into the evening. There is indeed something for everyone’s personal interest, hobby or ability.
A number of signature programs are unique to Brandywine. For example, Escapades… For Life offers a special program of creative and fun activities, including Karaoke Knights for those who like to sing; Card Sharks for those who know how to play bridge, poker or gin; and Artists Palette for painters of all skill levels.
A brand new state-of-the-art cinema with 20 seats and offers a current film every day.
“We will also have a film club, as well as our book club,” Murray reports. “Our lecture series, led by retired faculty, includes lifelong learning opportunities, and we look forward to partnering with Princeton University and others. We also plan to have a series of biographies, featuring discussions of a wide range of people in different fields.
Amenities abound! Library filled with bestsellers, game room, arts and crafts activity room, music room with grand piano, beauty and barber shop, private dining room for guests and resident families . The list continues.
Dining is very special at Serenade, with all-day dining its signature. Three meals are available all day in the formal dining room, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; there’s casual dining at the bistro/café, and plenty of happy hour and aperitif opportunities at Jack’s Place Pub.
“Our food is signature Serenade service,” Murray points out. “We have exceptional chefs and the residents really appreciate our flexible meal times. It’s a real plus. »
The monthly rental fee also includes laundry and personal linen service, weekly housekeeping, daily spot cleaning and bed turndown, all utilities, basic cable TV, Wi-Fi and parking. daily garbage collection.
Wellness services are also an important part of the Serenade plan. Exercise and fitness classes are available daily, and the wellness resort includes 24/7 nurse presence. There is also physiotherapy and rehabilitation on site, and doctors visit once a week.
Serenade offers assisted living services, and while many residents don’t need extra help and are just happy to not have to maintain a big house, shovel snow, and cook every meals, others may need more help with daily activities. These may include help with bathing, dressing and monitoring medications, etc.
When such services are needed, Serenade offers certified home health aides (care managers) to provide this assistance. Assistance is available for each resident 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and all residents receive a health and wellness assessment, as well as a personal care plan, upon arrival. All residents and staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Memory Care Unit
The Reflections Memory Care unit offers special help to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. Reflections offers a nurturing and supportive environment designed to be safe and secure, with patience, kindness and compassion as hallmarks.
Reservations, with a deposit, are now available for Serenade, and for the first 20 new residents, a special Platinum program offers the possibility of free moving services and other special considerations. The deposit is fully refundable if plans change.
“I love showing people apartments and helping them find the one that best suits their needs,” says Murray. “It’s helpful for them to have the opportunity to look at the different choices and arrangements. I can also meet their adult children who are into this, watching Serenade for their parents.
“When they move in, I’ll introduce them to the other residents and help them get to know the people who are already there. Some people wait longer to make this move, and many often tell me that they would have liked to come sooner.
“People can make an appointment now to view the apartments. Some have already been booked, and I look forward to welcoming people to enjoy the full range of our services here. It’s a special place, and our goal is to help residents live their lives to the fullest in a safe and vibrant environment.
FFor more information, call (609) 430-4000. Website: brandycare.com.