Juniper Springs grand opening

- What: Juniper Springs Senior Living grand opening featuring a ribbon cutting with Mayor George Endicott, tours, music and cocktails and appetizers.

- When: 4-6 p.m. Jan. 19

-Where: 590 NW 23rd Street, Redmond

- More information: Call 541.526.1819 or visit juniperspringssl.com.

While the upscale dining and activities are nice, Regina Adam says the happiness of being around people is the best part of the new Juniper Springs Senior Living in Redmond.

“The friends,” said Adam, 95. “I’ve been alone for 20 years.”

Adams is one of about 50 residents who have moved into the retirement campus, located west of downtown at 590 NW 23rd Street, since it opened Oct. 29. The 96-unit campus includes 60 assisted living studio and one-bedroom apartments, as well as 24 memory care units and 12 independent living apartments separate from the main building.

Juniper Springs is already planning to build more independent living units in 2019, said Jen Miller, its community relations director.

“We have a waiting list going for that,” she said.

The different areas allows for seniors to move around as their needs change, said campus administrator Andrea Fitzgerald.

The development promotes a homelike environment.

“It’s been a fantastic experience,” she said. “We are getting a lot of support from the community in Redmond.”

The perks

The dining area looks more like a ski lodge than a retirement home, with a large stone fireplace featuring a clock with Roman numerals.

Miller said meals are cooked to order and residents can come at any time during two-hour windows for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“It’s kind of a unique thing for this area,” she said. “It still allows them to set their own schedule, rather than forcing them to be here at 8, noon and 5.”

And if you don’t get enough at meal time, Juniper Springs features a “bistro” area that resembles a hotel breakfast area with cereal, coffee and fresh fruit available all day.

The main building is like a small city, with a theater for watching movies in plush seats.

It even has its own popcorn machine.

It has a fitness room with equipment made with seniors in mind, as well as a hair salon with two barber stations.

Another room features group activities like chair yoga and line dancing.

Passionate about the library

Still being developed is the William Wortman Library, which is named for the Juniper Springs resident who is spearheading the room’s development.

He is donating his own collection of more than 200 books to the library and looking for others to donate theirs.

“I think the main value of a library is, just ‘cause you get old, doesn’t mean you quit thinking,” Wortman, 88, said.

He plans to also add a large United States map where all Juniper Springs residents can share where they were born and achieved other milestones.

He is also encouraging residents to write down stories from their life.

“When you’re done, you put them in a box and share it,” he said.

Wortman wants the library to have a strong magazine collection. He would like for residents to put a star on stories they enjoy to let others know.

“We want to provoke conversation somewhere down the road,” he said.

Wortman eschews numerical library systems. He wants the library divided into history and human behavior sections, which he said should get people talking more to each other.

The cost

Each room features either a view of the outside of the building or an interior courtyard. Miller said studio apartments rent for $3,495 a month, while the 16 larger one-bedroom units are $3,995 a month.

That includes all meals and snacks, activities and transportation, including trips to the doctor, shopping and outings like scenic drives.

Compass, which has 23 senior projects, mostly in the western United States, offers a “lifetime promise,” which guarantees no rent or care cost increases, Fitzgerald said.

Juniper Springs will have a grand opening event Jan. 19, featuring a ribbon cutting and Champagne toast. Miller said formal wear is suggested but not required.

“We’re just going to make it kind of a fancy event,” she said.

— Reporter: 541-548-2186, gfolsom@ redmondspokesman.com

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