Summit Senior LivingOct 27, 2016 14h34 ● By Bryan Scott
It’s time to bust a myth about assisted living facilities — they are not the same as nursing homes.
“Assisted living is unique in that it is a home-like setting with daily staff and community engagement and meals with the freedom to come and go as (residents) please,” Nicole Cook, Summit Senior Living community relations director, said. “People are pleased when they realize that there is a difference.”
Summit Senior Living in Salt Lake City is part of Milestone Retirement Communities. Founded in 2008, Milestone owns communities in 10 states primarily in the western United States. Local communities operate their day-to-day operations in coordination with the corporate support, infrastructure and policies of Milestone. So, locals call the shots and work in direct tandem with residents and families to develop care plans specific to the individuals living at that community.
The Salt Lake community opened in May 2016, offering one of the newest, largest and most up-to-date communities west of I-15. In total, the community has 111 apartments: 75 assisted living and 36 in a memory care neighborhood called Peak Neighborhood.
“We try to preserve as much freedom and independence as possible to help maintain people’s dignity,” Cook said. “We are in the business of caring.”
Cook noted that one of the most attractive amenities is their open dining program, which is restaurant style and called “All Day Your Way,” open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a full menu and chef specials at each meal.
Residents that are moving in now are shaping the culture and vibe of daily operations of the community, Cook said.
“That is fun to see,” Cook said. “Residents feel very empowered because their opinions are taken seriously.”
While the community has not reached capacity, new residents are moving in every week. Potential residents who sign on to live at Summit Senior Living can be guaranteed an introductory special rate. The staff can also assist with establishing VA benefits as well.
The community provides 44 different floor plans between studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Each unit varies in square footage to help cater to the style and needs of residents.
Executive Director Jim Scadlock joked that the greatest pro and con of the community is that Summit Senior Living is the furthest west of any assisted living facility in the valley. But the reality of massive expansion on the west side of the valley makes Summit one of, if not the best option, for those seeking assisted living or a memory care community while communities continue to develop.
“This means that loved ones can age in place and not move completely across the valley,” Cook said. “It helps people age in place.”
Those interested in reaching Summit Senior Living can reach them at (801) 840-6400 or by inquiring at 5524 W. 6200 South, Salt Lake City.