Developer plans assisted-living center in Escazú

Construction is to begin on a new assisted-living center and retirement community in Escazú next week. Developers hope to open the doors within a year.

Founders of Verdeza Continuing Care Retirement Community said that they will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the four-story building that will contain 61 apartments.

Jill McWilliam, resident services manager, said that Verdeza will be the only assisted-living center of its kind in Costa Rica when it’s completed.

“We’re going to be the first premiere U.S.-style assisted living community,” she said. “There’s nothing physically built or in construction that’s similar to what we’re offering.”

Ms. McWilliam said that the lack of any kind of complex such as this in Costa Rica leaves several needs for elderly and their families unmet.

She said for those who live with a family member who needs assisted living care, travel can be difficult. The options for these people boil down to short-term stays in hospitals, small facilities that fill up very quickly or having to delegate the task to housekeepers.

“A lot of people are using maids or housekeepers to take care of their parents while they travel or even during the day,” said Ms. McWilliam. She said that Verdeza will offer apartments that can be rented temporarily by the day or long-term by the month.

This will allow persons who need daily care to check in temporarily while their families are out of town, or they can stay permanently.

Verdeza will offer four levels of service depending on the needs of the resident. This includes one floor and 17 apartments dedicated specifically to residents with Alzheimer’s.

The facility is also open to retired persons who do not need any special care but simply want to be in a community. Ms. McWilliam said that the building will contain a pub, salon, auditorium, fitness center and other facilities.

In a press release, Verdeza developers announced that they are currently accepting reservations to rent apartments.

The building will be constructed on Avenida Escazú across a parking lot from Hospital CIMA. Ms. McWilliam said that an information office will be built on location by mid-January with a full scale model of an apartment that visitors can tour.

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