Buildings and Amenities
Cummings Properties, LLC of Woburn, Massachusetts opened New Horizons Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in 1994. The former campus of a residential girls school was completely renovated and substantially enlarged, adding many special features and amenities to foster convenience, comfort, and aesthetic appeal. It is now regarded as one of the best places to retire in Massachusetts.
Also known briefly as Country Living, the campus was greatly expanded in 2002 with two new four-story buildings, with 130 oversized units for fully independent seniors. Unlike most similar size buildings, which tend to be wood-framed construction, "The Meadows" buildings are both steel-framed, with all poured-concrete floors. Most of the two-story New Horizons building has completely fireproof poured-concrete construction throughout, including its roof. All buildings have extensive fire protection sprinkler systems as well.
All New Horizons and Meadows buildings are easy to get around, using any of eight conveniently located elevators. Because of New Horizons' unique hexagonal shape, residents have access to an elegant indoor walking path, with plenty of handrails and sitting areas. Five times around the "hex" is one mile! Additional building features include a hair salon, outdoor patios, nurses' stations, resident services office, pharmacy/sundry shop, large-screen theater and game room, as well as a heated indoor swimming pool, and three elegant dining rooms in the central building alone.
"Home" means casual comfort and allowing everyone to be themselves, yet it also implies old-fashioned respect. Knock before entering a resident's suite. Serve home cooked meals. Seek out and apply resident suggestions. Often, a critical issue faced by a new resident is a sense of lost familiarity and independence — and uncertainty about whether these vital aspects of living will ever be regained.
With that in mind, we built a home for all residents. Personal decor and family photos are strongly encouraged. No two apartments are identical — a "cookie cutter" approach would have lessened that individuality. Indeed, a real start-up marketing challenge was obliging the visitor who asked to see "all the different types of apartments available." There are just so many!
New Horizons does not advertise extravagant furnishings or an overly formal or exclusive image. This is a beautiful, well-appointed community with comprehensive amenities, but people are paramount. We focus on each resident's happiness and comfort, in ways they remember from their own unique pasts.
There’s always something happening at our New Horizons’ communities. Our sister community, New Horizons at Choate made this wonderful lip-sync video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit “Call Me Maybe” last year:
It was so well received, and the residents enjoyed making it so much, that we created another video. This time, residents rocked out to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”
A full-time activities coordinator tailors programs for residents' enjoyment. Activities include fashion shows on user-friendly clothing, off-site spectator trips, resident art displays, regular fitness and watercise classes, and regular on-site Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic religious services.
There are things like baking contests in the Country Kitchen, waist-high indoor and outdoor gardening, and neighborhood "block" parties. Just as residents were a vital part of their communities in years past, that same opportunity exists here.
With daily living made easier here, seniors focus on what they can do and like to do, preserving (and even increasing) their independence.
New Horizons' "core" philosophy begins with the TLC Program, introducing the multidisciplinary staff to a new resident in his or her own apartment to help acclimate the resident to his or her new community. This allows an easier orientation for the resident, and permits staff to facilitate friendships between residents.
While personal care assistants are actually employed by an outside Medicare-certified agency, they are very much a part of New Horizons' winning team, and are included in all training, staff activities and events.
Weekend operations on the entire campus
are very much the same as weekday routines. In addition to round-the-clock
health aides, New Horizons schedules a licensed nurse on-duty 24
hours a day, seven days a week. All managers work staggered weekend
schedules to ensure operations run smoothly at all times. Virtually
the same level of staffing and care exists any and every day of
Several community organizations regularly meet at New Horizons, and many residents participate. Our local elementary school's "Reading is Fundamental" program has been a popular activity for many residents. Cummings Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in direct scholarship aid, since May 1997, primarily in Woburn, Beverly, Marlborough, and other communities where the organization has significant interests.
New Horizons is characterized by its overwhelming
charm—much like that found in a cozy New England country inn.
Set on 40 gorgeous acres, the entire community is infused with a pleasant
calm and friendliness. For many of our residents, New Horizons is not
just a new home; it is a new way of life. Three delicious home-cooked
meals are served daily, and weekly housekeeping and linen services help
make life here worry-free. Most residents of The Meadows units select
one meal a dayeither breakfast or dinner.
To aid in providing a quick response in the event of an emergency, a receptionist is at our front desk 24 hours a day, and an operations manager is on-site seven days a week. There are also certified home health aides and a licensed nurse scheduled on campus, round the clock, every day.
Our Community Services Department is first rate — enjoy everything from poetry readings to live big-band music to afternoon tea. Sally, a resident, was inspired to write a delightful poem about our high teas.
"Your high teas deserve a grand salute,
with sandwiches and
To attend these events is such a hoot–and, also thanks for my take-home loot."
"Town Center," our two-story atrium at the center of "the hex," is the focal point of many social activities, hosting daily news chats as well as weekly cocktail parties. Oftentimes, just sitting and enjoying the day is the activity of choice. Residents are encouraged to join regular group activities, but their personal choices are always their own. No one should ever be coerced in any way.
Residents with a fondness for the outdoors often assist our greenhouse coordinator with the harvest—strawberries and tomatoes—planted in our raised garden beds. Residents are also welcome to cultivate their own plants in the large resident greenhouse, where the greenhouse coordinator will provide some TLC for any plant in need.
Aside from myriad social and recreational activities, New Horizons offers an extensive wellness program. Daily exercise classes are a great opportunity for residents to start their days out right, and watercise classes in our large 3'-6"-deep heated indoor swimming pool are very therapeutic. The on-site home health agency provides a variety of wellness clinics and monthly blood pressure screenings. A number of knowledgeable speakers also host wellness seminars to discuss issues pertinent to senior health.
Additional on-site services include a hair salon, visiting physician's office, on-site dental and podiatry services, and small apothecary. New Horizons also features on-site banking, through long-established Marlborough Savings Bank. Residents find it extremely convenient to have these services available to them inside their own homes.
For seniors wishing to spend some time on the town, our 14-passenger minibus makes daily scheduled trips throughout the Marlborough / Sudbury area. New Horizons has "errand" runs (to local shopping areas) as well as "fun" runs—to museums, performances, sporting events, candy stores, and many other places. During the winter, we schedule special trips to enjoy the breathtaking holiday lights throughout the community.
Even when the heart of winter comes around, and many other people might feel "stuck" at home, New Horizons' residents rarely feel such limitations. There is always something to do, whether it be an activity, or a mug of hot cocoa with a new friend. As one resident's daughter so aptly put it, "Every month I have to get my own copy of the activity calendar—otherwise I never know where to find my mom!"
For more information on The Meadows apartments, go to www.MeadowsEstates.com
For more information New Horizons or Cummings Properties, go to www.CummingsProperties.com