Salemtowne is a next-generation community for older adults who want to live life to the fullest through lifestyle choices and purposeful living. “I’ve never known anyone who lives at Salemtowne who didn’t love it,” said Jim Stokes, reflecting on his decision to move to Salemtowne with his wife Carolyn. The Stokes, as well as many other reservation depositors, are very happy to see that construction has begun on The Woodlands, which will consist of 56 residences featuring six spacious designs. Nikki Burris, Director of Marketing and Sales, stated, “We are happy to see all the Carolina red mud being turned over and can’t wait to see all the choices our depositors are making at designing their new homes.”
The Woodlands consists of two four-story buildings that will feature one- and two-bedroom villas ranging from 1,215 to 1,875 square feet, and all will include a balcony or patio. Each building will have seven residences per floor and an underground parking deck so that residents can come and go with ease, regardless of the weather. Each floor plan features an open concept model with a breakfast bar and a pantry in the kitchen, a large utility closet, a walk-in shower with a glass door and a walk-in closet in the master bedroom.
Salemtowne planned The Woodlands location beside Wachovia Village which has been a popular area of campus for years due to the convenience of its placement right beside the main buildings, which hold many campus amenities such as dining and fitness. Also, a short walk from The Woodlands will take you down to a beautiful lake full of fish ripe for the catching.
“We’re fortunate in Winston-Salem to have several great retirement communities,” said Carolyn Stokes who, along with her husband Jim, are future residents of The Woodlands. “We looked at the others but immediately knew Salemtowne was the right place for us. Then we saw The Woodlands and knew it was perfect. The layout of The Woodlands is wonderful, and the trees around it are beautiful. Plus, Salemtowne is such as welcoming place.”
Salemtowne is a continuing care retirement community, founded by the Moravians more than 45 years ago on its picturesque 120-acre campus. Today Salemtowne offers a wide range of spacious and convenient senior living options, excellent rehabilitation, and health care, along with a wellness program where residents can continue to grow.
“Unlike many senior living communities, Salemtowne is a nonprofit organization, which enables us to focus on providing the highest standards and options for seniors at all stages,” Salemtowne President and CEO Mark Steele said. “We offer a full spectrum of amenities and services that have been carefully designed to stimulate the social, cultural, intellectual and spiritual aspects of senior living.”
“Everything about Salemtowne has been crafted to provide the best years of their lives to the seniors who live here,” Steele added. “Our community is conveniently located close to Wake Forest University near historic Bethabara, and it’s easy to get from the Salemtowne campus to anywhere in Winston-Salem to enjoy all of the great attractions and events this area offers.”
Even though Salemtowne has many things to offer, a healthy senior may still resist the idea of moving. The Stokes didn’t want to be resistant; they wanted to move when they were young and could do it together. “I’ve heard a lot of people say they wished they had moved to a place like Salemtowne earlier than they did.” Jim Stokes said. They chose to follow this sound advice.
“I will tell you what my mother told me: People wait too late to move into a retirement community. There’s so much to do that makes life enjoyable,” Carolyn Stokes said.
There are other benefits that moving to a retirement community offers, but one stands out for many – it’s a gift. “It was a blessing to us when my parents moved into a senior living community years ago in another city, she added. “We’re moving to Salemtowne to give our three children, all of whom live in Winston-Salem, their own peace of mind. We never want to burden our children.”
Becoming a part of The Woodlands has another unique opportunity – you get to meet all of your new neighbors before you move. “At Salemtowne we think of our Woodlands depositors as the ‘freshman class’ all living through this experience together while getting to know each other,” stated Nikki Burris. Salemtowne offers The Woodlands Club community benefits like taking part in the fitness classes, lectures, dining, and other fun events, as well as periodic socials with other Woodlands Club Members. The Stokes already have several friends who live at Salemtowne but have enjoyed becoming friends with other future residents of The Woodlands.
Currently, there are a few residences left to be reserved in The Woodlands so now is the time to reserve your spot, so you can design your future at Salemtowne. Over the next couple of months, Woodlands depositors will be designing their new home with the help of Salemtowne’s Move-In Coordinator, Tina Stevenson, and Blum Construction. “There’s one thing I know for sure. I’m so happy that Jim and I are moving into The Woodlands together. We’re having fun now making design choices and are looking forward to the days when we can enjoy the views of the lake and woods from our patio.”
Salemtowne in Review
The Woodlands will add 56 independent living residences to Salemtowne’s campus which currently has 73 cottages and 95 apartments, and 46 assisted living residences.
Salemtowne offers several specialized programs, including onPointe—wellness for life, a scientifically proven program to help older adults live longer, healthier, happier lives; the Best Friends Approach™ for memory care and Home in Just 10 Days™ rehabilitation program housed in the Babcock Health Care Center.
Salemtowne’s Babcock Health Care Center opened in mid-2017 and offered homes to 60 long-term skilled nursing residents and 20 assisted living memory support residents; 40 rooms are reserved for their unique rehab program. Salemtowne Rehabilitation Center, located within the Babcock Health Care Center building, is Forsyth County’s exclusive provider of the Home in Just 10 Days program, which specializes in short stay after surgery or illness. The goal of the Home in Just 10 Days rehabilitation program is for patients to receive the intensive treatment they need to recover as quickly as possible so that they can return home.
Salemtowne is the only senior living center in North Carolina that offers the Best Friends Approach to residents living with dementia. Salemtowne’s Best Friends Approach fosters authentic relationships that effectively help people living with dementia feel safe, secure and valued. Westerly Place Memory Support offers assisted living levels of care, including assistance with routine daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming and taking medications.
The benefit of dementia care at Salemtowne goes beyond the walls of Westerly Place. If your loved one needs more assistance than Westerly Place can provide, Salemtowne offers a higher level of dementia care in a secured residence using the same Best Friends Approach residents are accustomed to at Westerly Place.
For more information about Salemtowne, including The Woodlands and the Babcock Health Care Center, please visit salemtowne.org or call (336) 714-2157.