Gilbert will be getting what some seniors consider a much-needed addition next year when a new assisted-living facility opens.
Sisters Christine Ellis and Shella Michel plan to open Cedar Gardens Sanctuary Village in fall 2008 at the southwest corner of Greenfield and Queen Creek roads.
The gated community will be home to nine residential houses plus a multipurpose facility to accommodate about 90 seniors ranging from their early 50s to more than 100 years old.
“I definitely believe we need that sort of facility here,” said Frieda Czako, 79, of Gilbert. “I think it’s badly needed here.”
Czako, who has lived in Gilbert for 16 years, said the town’s need for senior-related services is growing as its older population continues to increase.
She points out that the town is nearing completion on a new senior center near its current community center, where many seniors gather daily for lunch and other activities.
The Cedar Springs community will have just about everything its residents will need, such as an on-site beauty salon and medical facilities, Ellis said.
Gilbert resident Mike Territo, 76, remembers when another assisted-living center opened downtown near the community center a few years ago.
“We had this one with 100 rooms,” he said. “That filled up fast.”
And if early interest is any indication, Cedar Springs will fill up quickly too, Ellis said.
“We’ve gotten a lot of interest from out of state,” she said.
Ellis and her sister already operate several assisted-living homes in Chandler and Gilbert, though each operation only houses a few residents.
Ellis calls their new “village” concept “an aging place” equipped to handle both independent clients — who can come and go as they please — and residents who need help with everyday tasks. This includes Alzheimer’s patients who need regular care and supervision.