$10 million senior living facility opens in Escazú

A $10 million senior living project officially was opened Thursday in Trejos Montealegre, Escazú.

This is is the Verdeza project that has been in the works for years. The facility is a four-story building with 61 apartments. The operators note that one floor has been designated for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents with appropriate care provided.

The facility also boasts that there are many common areas, including a gym and library with special consideration for seniors. The location is not far from Hospital CIMA.

Verdeza says it is the first residential community for seniors in Central America. Verdeza said that the advantages in living there include social interaction with like-minded individuals, extensive recreational, exercise, fitness and wellness programs, emergency care 24 hours a day and private apartments where residents can maintain their independence.

Residents also can benefit from restaurant-style dining prepared with nutrition in mind. There also is maid service and transportation, if needed. On site is a beauty parlor spa and a barber shop, said Verdeza..

A nurse is on site 24 hours a day, and residents also can have their own physicians visit them. There are facilities for that, Verdeza said.

President Laura Chinchilla attended the formal inauguration Thursday.

The development and structuring of Verdeza is being led by Noveza, the firm said. The project aims to be the pioneer and leader in retirement communities in Costa Rica.

Jose Marti Jimenez F., the founder of  Noveza, is a principal in Verdeza. He also was a co-founder of Hospital Metropolitana. He is an Aspen Institute fellow, is an industrial engineer from the Universidad de Costa Rica and holds an MBA from Harvard University, the firm said.

Jill E. McWilliam, is the resident services manager. She has a degree in gerontology.

The residence offers various living options. Prices start at $1,700 a month and range upwards to $3,550 on the Alzheimer and dementia floor. There also are facilities for visitors, such as other family members.

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