The Residences, West Kendall’s first major privately developed senior living community, is planned for an official inauguration on Friday, Mar. 6.
Now in its completion stages, the fourstory assisted-living residence is located in the heart of West Kendall on 2.6 acres at SW. 158th Avenue and 96th Street. It is a neighbor to West Kendall Baptist Hospital and part of the planned Kendall Town Center complex.
The 50,000-square-foot L-shaped building featuring 122 studio and one-bedroom private units is a development of United HomeCare (UHC), South Florida’s largest home health organization that provides continuing assistance to nearly 5,000 elderly and disabled adults in their homes.
“We can’t wait to open the doors of The Residences. We’re convinced it will totally transform the way people view assisted-living communities,” said Jose Fox, CEO of UHC.
“It is a state of the art, safe and beautiful living environment, ready to offer outstanding care, wonderful meals and supportive services. It also offers a new and dynamic living experience that will keep residents active, engaged and enjoying their independence,” he said.
“The Residences will be much more than just a wonderful physical space.” said Maria Torre, administrator. “We plan to create a lively social climate where seniors can continue to enjoy life to the fullest. Great food, wellness programs, cultural activities, and first rate care are all on the agenda.”
The Residences contrasts with most of Miami-Dade’s nearly 1,000 ALFs which, on average, accommodate six to eight residents with just over one percent home to 100 or more residents and even fewer are not-forprofit, according to a UHC spokesperson.
The Residences increases availability of assisted living choices currently in high demand, offering the elderly accessibility to a quality residence and accepting a mix of both private-pay and subsidized residents, he added.
Seniors at The Residences will have access to a wide range of services that include trained, licensed and certified professionals on premise, individualized care management, Tele-Health and 24/7 access to medical and nursing staff.
Special living features include restaurantstyle dining and a café, a wellness-fitness center, library and technology center, beauty salon/barber shop, laundry and concierge. Complimentary neighborhood transportation will be offered to local facilities.
In the fall of 2014, United HomeCare was the first in the state to be designated a teaching agency for home and community- based care by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
All inclusive living at The Residences will start at $3,900 a month. Prior to its formal opening, tours may be scheduled by calling 305-328-0875.