The Residence at Orchard Grove celebrates official opening in grand style


By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Cathy Vinton (l), a residence ambassador with Valerie Houshar, executive director Photo/Melanie Petrucci
Cathy Vinton (l), a residence ambassador with Valerie Houshar, executive director
Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Shrewsbury – The official opening of The Residence at Orchard Grove on June 14 was a sumptuous affair that showcased Shrewsbury’s newest facility for independent and assisted living, featuring luxury accommodations and a memory care component for those with memory impairment.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be opening up the building tonight, officially, Ted Doyle from parent company LCB Senior Living, said. “Shrewsbury is a community we were very much looking forward to be a part of. We look for communities like this where there are a lot of amenities and great civic spirit.”

Approximately 200 attendees were in attendance. Invited guests included State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and State Rep. Hannah Kane (R- Shrewsbury) as well as local business and community leaders.

The Residence at Orchard Grove features a mix of 80 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments for residents.

Independent Living residents have private apartments with a kitchenette and bath, along with 24-hour security, three nutritious meals prepared and served “Anytime Dining” style on-site, fitness center, available laundry and cleaning services, a full resident engagement program, building and grounds maintenance and other optional services. Assisted Living residents will have all of the above, along with assistance with the activities of daily living, including dressing, bathing, medication reminders, and other services.

The community will also include LCB’s renowned Reflections Memory Care services for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. In addition to offering sophisticated cognitive programming and a range of daily services, Reflections is a secure, safe environment with its own common areas, walking courtyard, and other amenities. All programming was developed in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

“Our dining room is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and it is restaurant style, cooked to order with items such as shrimp scampi and filet mignon,” said Valerie J. Houshar, the facility’s executive director.

“Our resident population can be very independent, have their own cars or they could be in need of some personal care assistance,” she noted.

Trained staff can provide assistance with medication or bathing. Each apartment has an emergency call system and each resident is given a pendant to wear so they can seek immediate assistance if needed.

“I love living here, it’s wonderful and you don’t have to do anything, everything is done for you,” Cathy Vinton, a residence ambassador, said.

The Residence at Orchard Grove is located at 258 Walnut St., Shrewsbury.

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