Sign in front of an assisted living facility
Photo by Sarah Browning

Copper Trace’s Assisted-Living Expansion Project Nears Completion

Copper Trace, a CarDon & Associates senior living community, is undergoing an $8.6 million expansion at its Westfield campus that will be completed by early fall.

The community, which has a continuum of care that includes assisted living, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, and a memory support neighborhood for those with primary needs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, opened in 2015 on 16 acres with 36 assisted-living apartments. The expansion will more than double the number of assisted-living apartments, with the 40 new apartments consisting of 27 one-bedroom, six large one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom residences. 

“We realized as Westfield grows that there will be additional growth needs for seniors in our area,” says Nancy Pollock, executive director of Copper Trace. “We felt well-positioned to offer great services for those expanding needs for seniors here in Westfield.”

With the continuum of care at Copper Trace, they have a unique ability to serve couples who may have different types of physical or cognitive assistance needs.

“Oftentimes we have spouses who move in together to the assisted living because they are both in need of additional support, but we also have spouses who may be in different areas of our community but want to be on the same campus and spend individual time together,” Pollock says.

Construction of a new assisted living facility
Renovations underway at Copper Trace (photo by Sarah Browning)

Copper Trace assisted living includes all utilities, free Wi-Fi, weekly housekeeping and linen service, and a washer and dryer in every apartment. In addition, they have a 24-hour, two-way voice communication emergency call system through which residents can easily connect with a caregiver. Plus, licensed nurses are on-site around the clock. 

Copper Trace has a unique opportunity for in-house medical management in Proactive, their medical directorship. Within that service they have a nurse practitioner in-house Monday through Friday to provide medical management for folks in their residential area. This means that if a resident has a health concern, they can talk with a health care provider on-site without having to navigate transportation to an outside primary-care physician. 

“Families feel a level of comfort knowing we have that heightened medical care,” says Pollock, who started working in long-term senior care in 1995. Over her nearly 30-year career, she has witnessed assisted-living communities evolve.

“I’m happy to say that we concentrate on living,” she says. “Coming to a residential campus doesn’t mean that the desire for purposefulness, social engagement and spirituality ends. Each day we do everything we can to foster those areas of life.”

Residents at Copper Trace can enjoy restaurant-style meals served in their expanded, renovated bistro. The expansion also includes an enhanced fitness area that will provide workout equipment and health classes. They plan to partner with the Westfield YMCA to have instructors lead a 12-week series of classes that are designed to improve strength, balance, flexibility and mobility.

In addition to their dedication to physical health, they have a life enrichment program that concentrates on spiritual growth, intellectual engagement, social connection and purposeful living. For instance, they have a resident who likes to garden so she prunes plants. They also have residents who help catalog their library of books.

One of the best parts of the expansion is the additional common spaces that now exist. A connector goes between the existing building and the new addition that includes a fireside cafe and lounge, featuring a grand piano as well as a coffee and wine bar. Copper Trace also has a large-screen theater room that residents and families can utilize.

“These inviting community spaces are going to help socialization and engagement for our residents,” Pollock says. 

There will now be two outdoor patio areas in assisted living (one on the north side and one on the south side), which are great spots for residents and families to relax. These areas offer beautiful views and the ability to commune with nature. 

Copper Trace was bestowed a Five-Star Quality Rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to indicate that their health inspections, staffing and quality measures are exemplary. It is conveniently located close to all major hospital systems in addition to many physician offices and specialty programs. Plus, they are adjacent to shopping and restaurants at Clay Terrace. That’s great for residents as the community provides van transportation to medical appointments as well as life enrichment outings. For instance, a group of residents recently spent the day at Newfields. They also take trips to farmers markets, Target, Meijer, and various restaurants for lunch. 

“In the spring there was a Women of Vision luncheon in Westfield, so we took a group of ladies to that event,” Pollock says. 

On June 21 the Copper Trace community participated in The Longest Day: A Walk to End Alzheimer’s, a fundraising event organized by the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Outdoor patio with umbrella
A look at the new outdoor space at Copper Trace (photo by Sarah Browning)

If you would like to schedule a tour or inquire about moving into Copper Trace, stop in today. They are currently accepting reservations. 

“We encourage people to come in, visit with us and have a look around,” says Susan Bonner, director of marketing at CarDon & Associates. “While an appointment isn’t necessary, it can be helpful in order to make sure you see the activities, the dining and all of the amenities.”

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