Imagine living in a community which offers a day-to-day lifestyle much like being aboard a cruise ship. Sounds like a dream? It’s what living at East Ridge at Cutler Bay is all about.
South Florida’s only life care community, East Ridge offers a continuum of care combined with an active lifestyle and freedom from home maintenance. With 76 acres set amid the residential suburbs of southwest Miami, off SW 87th Avenue, the community offers people 60 years and older a choice of apartments, cottages or detached homes with one- and two-bedrooms ranging from approximately 700-1,800 square feet. “Maintenance-free living is one of the special benefits of moving to East Ridge,” said Rick Drew, director of sales. “From replacing a light bulb to repairing an appliance, our residents have the advantage knowing there is trained staff to handle every conceivable situation. There simply is peace of mind having the security of living in a senior community and knowing that dealing with home repairs is a thing of the past.”
While 80 percent of the community is devoted to independent living residences, there is a health center for skilled nursing and memory care as well as assisted living apartments.
“Our community is perfect for what we describe as ‘second stage’ retirement living. In retirement, medical care can deplete seniors of their assets due to rising health care costs and unforeseen illness,” explained Drew. “Living in a community where care is guaranteed for life offers the added assurance knowing retirement years can be enjoyed without worry. Many residents also like that they will not need to depend on their children or strangers for their care.”
The community’s proximity to the county’s finest hospitals and medical resources provides added peace of mind. University of Miami Health Care System which offers the Miller School of Medicine and affiliations with Jackson Health and Ryder Trauma Center; Bascom Palmer Eye Institute; Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; Larkin; Miami VA Hospital; Baptist Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach are all within a 45-minute drive.
Other advantages of the East Ridge lifestyle are gourmet dining, housekeeping, extensive recreational facilities and amenities, an extensive calendar of events and activities, and transportation services.
A state-of-the-art fitness center was added to East Ridge’s array of amenities and provides a daily program of instructional classes including yoga, tai chi, and water aerobics. Fitness equipment, an aerobics studio and a Wii station enhance residents’ desire for a lifestyle that is much more geared to active aging. Most recently a disc golf course was installed for outdoor recreation.
The community’s newly renovated Lifestyle Center is a hub of the community and provides many of programs that are components of the eight components of wellness inspired by East Ridge: social, vocational, intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional, environmental and health services.
East Ridge’s unique environment offers residents optimum open green spaces, enhanced by meandering walking paths connecting buildings and magnificent views of tropical foliage and trees. With areas set aside as nature preserves, there is one of the few palmetum in the area which is an environmental treasure with rare species of plants and palms. Roaming peacocks can be seen as well on the grounds.
For seniors interested in sampling the East Ridge lifestyle, the community offers a trial stay program. Prospective residents can live at the community for three days and two nights and take advantage of the wealth of amenities and activities enjoyed by current residents — from wonderful dining experiences to participating in community events and fitness classes.
“We encourage prospective residents to take advantage of 2013 prices,” said Drew. “Now is the perfect time to consider a carefree lifestyle at East Ridge.”
Located at 19301 SW 87th Avenue, East Ridge at Cutler Bay offers a continuum of care, including independent and assisting living, respite care and skilled nursing care and rehab. For more information or for a personal tour, please call 800-856-8097 or visit www.EastRidgeAtCutlerBay.com.