By Tia Lynn Ivey
Vitality Living, formerly known as the Wellbridge Community, celebrated its grand opening last week, with the first phase of the senior community completed and open for business.
Vitality Living, a “premier retirement living campus,” chose to construct a state-of-the-art senior community with 86 units, featuring one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans starting at $2,400 a month, now available for qualifying applicants.
“Phase one of the new retirement living community, located at 1600 Bethany Rd., includes an active retirement living campus. Residents can support a vibrant and active lifestyle with apartment homes or one and two-bedroom cottages with an attached garage,” said a release from Vitality Living.
“Our mission is to create vibrant communities where residents, families and team members can be themselves, live purposefully and experience a profound sense of belonging,” said Chris Guay, Vitality Living founder and CEO. “This community is our first Georgia location, and we’re ready to bring the finest in active retirement and independent living to Madison.”
The active living-focused campus also includes a state-of-the-art wellness center, a heated outdoor pool, hiking trails, pickleball court, yoga and exercise room, games and 73-landscaped-acres. Phase two of Vitality Living Madison, slated to open late 2022, will include assisted living and memory care.
According to Mary Jo Johnson, executive director for Vitality Living in Madison, is excited to offer seniors the opportunity to live out their golden years in Madison, which was recently featured in Southern Living’s list “Prettiest Small Towns” in America.
“We are really excited for what this will do to help people age well, to age successfully, live independently and live longer with the right amount of support and active living in a beautiful community like Madison,” said Johnson. “Vitality Living was developed here because of the unmet need here. Basically, there is nothing like this here. It’s a very unique concept to offer active living like this in a cottage-like layout.”
According to Johnson, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has revealed just how vital it is for seniors to live in community with the opportunity to socialize and be active.
“COVID has heightened our sensitivity and awareness of seniors being alone and being isolated. This has proven the detrimental affects of isolation. People need people. They need to be social. They need engagement and they need things to do. The lifestyle programming we are having, it’s all about the socialization and the engagement. That’s important for quality of life,” explained Johnson. “We are so happy to have those kind of connections with other people. It creates a life worth living in a very exciting and dynamic environment—making meaningful moments and a lifestyle that is purpose-filled.”
According to Johnson, the new senior living campus in Madison will appeal to local seniors who want to stay in their own community, as well as seniors from nearby cities who want to relocate to a quieter and simpler community or who want to be nearby their adult children but still live independently.
Vitality Living is opening to complete the second phase of development in 2022, adding another 160 units.
According to a Vitality Living, the staff can help seniors wade through the options and decide on a plan that best fits their needs and wants for retirement living.
“Whether it is deciding on a college, living on your own for the first time, or buying your first house, the process is a journey wrought with highs and lows. Choosing a retirement community or 55+ active adult community is no different. Although, when it comes to this time of life, it may be met with mixed emotions coming from misperceptions many have about senior living or attitudes toward aging. Stigmas of the past simply are not true today,” said a Vitality Living press release. “In fact, retirement communities now resemble resorts on sprawling campuses with comfortable accommodations and plenty of amenities. The environment fosters independence, even more so than at home. The opportunities to socialize, exercise, and stay mentally active will pleasantly surprise you. During 2020 with COVID-19, the detrimental effects of social isolation and inactivity are something we must avoid… We can help you with it all – from looking for a new beginning to making the decision to move. Simply put, we are a resource for you and your family and can help you choose a vibrant community right for you.”
For more information, go to www.myvitalityliving.com or call 844-449-9355 and speak to Mary Jo Johnson at Vitality Living Madison to schedule an appointment to tour the grounds.