Wellmore: A LifeStyle To Enjoy
By Jackie Perrone and Lorraine Aiken
Just as 40 or 50 years on the job seems enough, 50 years of keeping house and maintaining a yard finds most people ready to go off-duty and let someone else carry the load. Move in with your children? Not anyone’s first choice. If only there could be somewhere to sit back and enjoy life without the responsibilities of daily care.
21st century retirement communities offer just that. Today’s retirees can choose new residences which provide all the amenities needed for an active lifestyle, and back it up with the promise of care no matter what stage of aging you may encounter. Wellmore of Lexington is the newest in the Midlands, opening in June and offering a complete continuum of care, activity and resources to make life a pleasure.
Amy Quenneville is a Wellmore LifeStyle Advisor ready to answer questions and describe the possibilities at the new Lexington Community. “Our title (LifeStyle Advisor) tells our story,” she says. “We are much more than office staff; we are here to assist every resident, no matter what is needed. Whether it’s something on campus or an outside service such as the VA or Social Security or Alzheimer’s information, we’ll help connect.”
Wellmore of Lexington is located at 5445 Sunset Blvd. on 22 idyllic acres adjacent to Golden Hills Golf and Country Club. One and two bedroom apartments, 14 cottages, and a 28,000 square foot clubhouse and wellness center combine with Memory Care Units and Skilled Nursing and Short-Term Rehab to create a complete community.
“Even before the official opening, Wellmore of Lexington has pre-rented all the cottages,” says Amy. “Who are our new residents? You hear a lot of talk about the baby-boomers joining the retirement community, but what we have found so far is baby-boomers bringing their parents here to live. Besides the local citizens, some of our first members are coming from other states such as West Virginia and Ohio, to live near their children who are still in the workforce.”
A Short-Term Rehab after a qualifying hospital stay can be provided here; no need to be assigned to some other rehab facility in order to receive Medicare coverage. This certification will take place as soon as the Wellmore application is processed at Medicare. A significant benefit to residents.
Every housing accommodation at Wellmore is on a month-to-month rental basis. No big buy-in fee. For Independent Living and Assisted Living residents, the monthly rental covers the use of everything on campus, such as the salt-water heated pool and fitness center and personal trainers. The “ballerina room” features mirrored walls and a barre, with classes in yoga and tai chi.
Wellmore Advisors like to point out the unique dining arrangement at this new community. They call it “AnyTime Dining,” for active residents. Executive chefs are on duty from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. to fill any order from a member. A full-service bar stands near the dining room, along with a library and living room space.
Transportation is complimentary at Wellmore, with a 20-passenger bus and a smaller one, along with vans and cars. Residents may claim transportation to doctor appointments, and the activities unit plans many outings to local and other venues. Trips to the Koger Center in Columbia, to the Newberry Opera House or Myrtle Beach or the mountains upstate are featured in the weekly calendar of activities. Additionally, every cottage resident has a golf cart for campus use.
All living options at Wellmore offer maintenance free living which includes full maintenance and repair, housekeeping and deep cleaning, and security, along with the transportation services and the flexible dining program. Safety issues top the priority list at Wellmore.
Wellness is an essential component to the Wellmore lifestyle which has been awarded the Assisted Living Federation of America Best of the Best Award three times. Wellmore is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and has been building resort-style retirement communities for 26 years. They now number 13, mostly in the Carolinas and Florida, with a new one planned for Daniel Island, SC, near Charleston. Their stated goal: “Longer, healthier, happier lives.” Their belief: Anyone, at any age, in any condition can improve the quality of life. The peace of mind which comes with these assurances makes the Wellmore lifestyle a desirable option for senior living.