New retirement community increases options for independent living
As Baby Boomers move into the retirement phase of their lives, senior lifestyle communities have become ever more sophisticated in their amenities and options.
That is certainly true at Quail Park of Lynnwood, the newest retirement and assisted living community in the area.
With 90 percent of their apartments already preleased, the 85-unit complex at 4015 164th St. SW is set to welcome its first residents on Nov. 1.
Pam Nagel, Quail Park’s Community Relations Director, said one of their goals is to offer options from fully independent living to assisted living to exceptional memory care. That way, residents could, if they so chose, make Quail Park their final move.
“Our goal is to make it so people won’t have to move again,” Nagel said.
“People who start out independent can stay in their apartment should the time come when they need assistance.”
Then, should residents suffer the fate of Alzheimer’s or dementia, they can move into Quail Park’s Memory Care wing while their loved ones remain nearby in their apartment.
Many who have already signed up are, of course, independent.
Nagel said they often tell her they simply are tired of the hard work of maintaining their own home.
The gardening, cooking, cleaning and other chores turn retirement into drudgery rather than the freedom they had envisioned for their golden years.
Quail Park removes those headaches. Amenities that are part of the monthly rent include weekly housekeeping; washers and dryers in larger units; kitchens in the apartments with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, or kitchenettes in the studios; cable TV and Wi-Fi; transportation to doctor’s appointments, shopping or other destinations; weekly outings to plays, movies, sightseeing and other activities; exercise programs in the Wellness Center and swimming pool; walking paths on the landscaped grounds with plenty of benches for resting on a sunny day; all utilities; and, for dog and cat lovers, a pet friendly environment.
Perhaps one of the biggest draws, however, is Quail Park’s signature “anytime” dining program. Dining hours are set between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, so residents can choose when they want to eat.
With four different venues for dining – including the Bistro, the Pub, the Olympic and the Rainier dining rooms – and varied menus being planned by resident chef Michael Noorman, residents have plenty of options.
It opens up opportunities for a lifestyle they could never enjoy during their working years.
Residents who have lost loved ones tell her they appreciate the many opportunities to socialize.
“I’ve had widows and widowers who say the evening time is hard,” she said.
Now, rather than sit alone in their apartment or cook a meal by themselves, they can walk to one of the restaurants or pub. They also can sit by the fireplace in the lobby, read in the library, or go out on the town with new friends.
“In my opinion, this preserves people’s independence,” Nagel said. “It actually increases their independence.”
Apartments are going fast. To learn more about Quail Park, call 425-640-8529 or go to quailparkoflynnwood.com.
– Paul Archipley