To give both senior citizens and those who care for them a break, The Greens at Cannondale, an assisted living community on Danbury Road, is offering a new opportunity. The Guest Resident Program is a free, two-week stay for one senior every two weeks.
The staff at The Greens has furnished one of the studio apartments, with handicap-accessible bathroom, previously used for long-term residents and dedicated it for the free respite program.
It now has a bed, chairs, a television and dresser.
Guests would need only bring clothing, toiletries and medications.
“It’s like checking into a hotel,” said Director of Marketing and Community Relations Chris Rose.
But the similarities end there, for unlike a stay at a hotel, which bills by the night, a stay at The Greens under the Guest Resident Program is completely free.
“There’s no catch whatsoever,” said Rose, who explained The Greens hopes only to be remembered down the road, and maybe to attract a permanent resident here or there.
“The Greens has always done things for the community to help the seniors in our area, and this is just another extension of those services we provide,” Rose said. “We’re just hoping someone comes here and sees everything we have to offer.”
If there is availability, it does not matter if you live in Wilton, or even in Fairfield County; the Guest Resident Program is open to all those in Connecticut.
In addition to care and assistance if needed, as well as three daily “restaurant-style” meals, The Greens offers a variety of activities as part of the program, including excursions, musical entertainment, and lectures from speakers, doctors and therapists.
“We put a big emphasis on art and music,” said Rose. “Those are the things that seniors tend to connect with most, especially as they age.”
Religious needs are also attended to; The Greens has a priest come to the community to say Mass every Wednesday, and a rabbi every Friday for the Friday night Shabbat. There is also a visit to Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church on Sundays.
Participants in the program would receive the same care from the same staff members as full-time residents.