A new senior living community soon will open its doors in Arnold.
Cedarhurst of Arnold, 2069 Missouri State Road, is slated to open in February, said Rhonda Uhlenbrock, the facility’s executive director.
The 70,000-square-foot facility will house 20 memory care and 64 assisted living apartments, providing space for a total of 97 residents to live in the complex, Uhlenbrock said.
She said 20 of the apartments have already been rented, and Cedarhurst is seeing high interest from couples looking to move into the complex
“There is a big push for couples in assisted living, we are finding,” Uhlenbrock said. “We have a total of four couples moving in out of 20 (incoming residents), so 25 percent are couples. One couple will not live in the same apartment, as one is going into assisted living and the other is going into memory care.”
Uhlenbrock said Cedarhurst is dedicated to keeping residents happy and offers the “Cedarhurst promise” of a refund if they aren’t.
“After 60 days, if you don’t feel we have met your expectations, you are entitled to a full refund,” Uhlenbrock said. “People just need to call us, and we will make things right for them. We don’t just talk about meeting needs; we put a guarantee about it.”
Uhlenbrock said another guarantee is that residents will have fun living in the Cedarhurst community.
The Arnold location will have a shuffleboard court, offering a fun and easy pastime for residents, Uhlenbrock said.
“You don’t have to have a lot of skill. You can be short like a kid, and you can still play,” Uhlenbrock said. “We encourage our team members to play with our residents.”
She said Cedarhurst will have about 70 employees when the facility is fully staffed, and they will work hard to take care of and entertain residents.
Uhlenbrock said she will lead an exercise class every Friday in the memory care unit, the business manager will regularly entertain residents by singing and other employees will lead other activities.
“Whatever talent (employees) can bring to the table, they can highlight it with our residents,” Uhlenbrock said. “I think that is a draw. It is the peace of mind that, ‘OK, mom is not just going to sit in her apartment.’”
Another draw to Cedarhurst of Arnold is the community’s location, Uhlenbrock said.
The complex is across the street from the First Baptist Church of Arnold, 2012 Missouri State Road, and near the Arnold Commons shopping center, which is home to Dierbergs, Office Depot, Dollar Tree and a host of other stores and businesses.
“It is the prime location of Arnold,” Uhlenbrock said.
“Every Tuesday, we will take residents out, and they will go (to Arnold Commons) one Tuesday every month. They all love Dollar Tree. The location is perfect.”
Uhlenbrock said Arnold businesses, churches and other entities have already reached out to partner with Cedarhurst.
She said First Baptist will provide weekly services at the living center, and a priest from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will hold Mass every Tuesday at Cedarhurst.
“It is unbelievable the community support, and how they want to be involved with the seniors who will live at Cedarhurst. I have never seen anything like it,” Uhlenbrock said. “All the vendors in Arnold have been so welcoming. Even though Arnold is this growing metropolis, it still has that small town feel. It is amazing.”
For more information about Cedarhurst of Arnold, go to cedarhurstliving.com or call 636-259-5419