Expansion to add new facilities at East Ridge

Expansion to add new facilities at East Ridge
Expansion to add new facilities at East Ridge
Pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony are (l-r) residents Troy Hart, Victoria Duvall, Art North and Helen Berner

East Ridge at Cutler Bay, Miami-Dade County’s only life care community, has begun a major expansion for its campus incorporating assisted living and skilled nursing as well as wellness and community services.

Located off SW 87th Avenue, the community, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, officially began a $60 million redevelopment and expansion program on Apr. 3. Construction is slated to be completed by the summer of 2015.

The expansion includes relocation of the current skilled nursing and assisted living facilities on the campus, creating 195 residential units to replace 116 beds in current facilities. The assisted living component will provide 90 private apartments including studio- suites and one- and two- bedroom residences. A new memory care facility will provide 31 private suites while skilled nursing will include 74 private rooms.

Additionally, a state-of-art rehabilitation center, home health offices and clinic will be included as well as several public areas and service components, such as a new bistro, convenience store and laundry.

“The East Ridge expansion of its skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care will be patterned after a neighborhood concept in which residents have a private room and bath while sharing a communal living room, kitchen and open dining area,” said Victoria Duvall, executive director for the East Ridge community.

The new buildings are designed to blend with recent East Ridge additions that include the community fitness center and lifestyleactivity buildings.

A Key West-inspired architectural style has been designed by AG Architectural of Wisconsin; the firm which originated the concept for overall expansion of the campus with a unified architectural theme, Bridget Bohacz & Associates, an interior design firm specializing in senior living has been selected for interior design.

Expansion to add new facilities at East Ridge
Rendering shows view of expansion when completed.

“East Ridge will maintain the high quality of care and staffing that exceeds all state or county requirements for providing services in these areas,” Duvall said.

“With the ever-changing growth of baby boomer consumers, it’s vital to plan for the future by providing the latest in services and amenities,” she said. “East Ridge stays ahead of the curve by moving forward with an expansion critical to those nearing retirement.”

Celebrating over 50 years serving Miami- Dade County, East Ridge at Cutler Bay is the area’s only life care community incorporating eight components of wellness: social, vocational, intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, and environmental and health services in every facet of its lifestyle.

The community draws from the rich neighborhood charm of suburban Cutler Bay and the vibrancy of Miami in a lush tropical environment of 76 acres. East Ridge, located at 19301 SW 87 Ave., offers a continuum of care, including independent and assisting living, respite care and skilled nursing care and rehab.

For more information, visit online at www.EastRidgeAtCutlerBay.com.

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