Seniors thrive in the supportive living environment at Christopher Heights

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Seniors thrive in the supportive living environment at Christopher Heights
Stephanie Nordstrom poses for a photo at the Christopher Heights facility in Marlborough. (Photo/Kathryn Acciari)

MARLBOROUGH – Christopher Heights of Marlborough is a social and supportive senior living community in a convenient location in the heart of the city.

Each resident enjoys the freedom of having his or her own apartment along with access to amenities in a community setting.

“Christopher Heights is an amazing option for seniors looking for a supportive living environment,” said Director Stephanie Nordstrom. “Our residents live in their own private space but with the support of people nearby.”

Although Christopher Heights does not provide the medical care of a long-term care facility, it does have medical assistants available for 24 hours each day.

“It’s hard for seniors to have personal care in their homes. It gets expensive very quickly,” Nordstrom said. “The cost of heat, oil, groceries, and home care adds up. Here our residents pay one bill, and it includes all services and amenities.”

Staff are available to help residents when needed, such as with showering and getting dressed.

“Each apartment is outfitted with a pull cord. Just pull the cord, and someone will come to help, whether it’s to make a repair or just open a pickle jar,” Nordstrom said.

Christopher Heights seeks to decrease the isolation that can occur as people age.

“Our residents like the security of knowing this is their home, their community,” Nordstrom said. “They make friends here, and our amenities are on-site. This helps the residents remain engaged in the community.”

Some conveniences available at Christopher Heights include exercise classes, social gatherings, a pub and a hair salon. The dining rooms are full service, and there is a chef who prepares three meals a day. In the summer, the residents enjoy outdoor cookouts.

Nordstrom talks of the events that occur at Christopher Heights.

“We bring in lots of entertainment,” she said. “For the Fourth of July, we had a pioneer woman who gave a historical talk. In the fall we have Applefest with a band and tents set up outside. In 2023, we’ll celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the arrival of our first resident.”

Speaking of history, Christopher Heights of Marlborough is built on the former site of the Frye Boot factory. Many residents grew up in the area and enjoy knowing that they are living at a location that has close ties to the city’s past.

The minimum age for residency at Christopher Heights is 62, although the residents represent a wide age range.

“We have two generations here: The World War II Vets and the Vietnam Vets,” Nordstrom noted.

Nordstrom makes herself available as a resource to the senior community.

“People often don’t know how to start or even what questions to ask,” she said. “There’s no roadmap for this stage of life. We give people the tools to help them make an important decision. We’re in the business of helping people.”

Christopher Heights of Marlborough is located at 99 Pleasant Street, Marlborough.

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