Below is a press release from New Horizons at Choate:
WILMINGTON, MA — Woburn’s New Horizons at Choate independent and assisted living community is ready to welcome new neighbors from Wilmington. Construction is now complete on a new residence wing housing 17 newly built oversized apartments.
The not-for-profit senior living community’s “Courtyard Suites” feature modern construction, spacious common areas, and an expansive veranda directly overlooking a picturesque courtyard. The residences, which are available for immediate occupancy, vary in size and layout. Nearly all include large bay windows.
“With this snowy winter and the ongoing pandemic leaving so many local seniors in isolation, we are delighted to now be able to fully and immediately accommodate new residents,” said New Horizons at Choate executive director Christine Coakley.
Coakley, a lifelong Woburn resident and 26-year New Horizons employee, added, “There has never been a better time to join a lively community that offers ample opportunities to socialize while maintaining rigorous safety protocols.”
Formerly home to a 26-suite Hearthstone Alzheimer Care facility—and before that, Choate Hospital’s Caulfield Center—the space has been fully reconfigured to accommodate generous, mainly two-room residences.
“Thanks to the addition of the Courtyard Suites wing, New Horizons currently has no waiting list for the first time in two decades,” said Deputy Executive Director Lisa Yarin, a longtime resident of Winchester. “The added capacity also allows us to waive our previous requirement that residents be from Woburn, Winchester, or Medford.”
Coakley attributes the Warren Avenue retirement community’s historically full occupancy in part to its unusually stable fee schedule. No New Horizons resident has had an increase to his or her basic monthly service fee in more than 25 years. The longest tenured resident to date lived there for two decades with no increase, noted Coakley.
Courtyard Suites’ monthly fees start at just $2,895 and $3,200 per month. This rate includes three daily home-cooked meals, daily activities and events, weekly housekeeping, and 24-hour front desk reception, plus all utilities except phone and cable.
The monthly fees for New Horizons’ 96 original apartments, where there is currently limited availability, start at $2,425 and include all of the services listed above.
“Residents stay with us for so long for many reasons, and chief among them, I think, is the opportunity for wonderful companions and enduring friendships,” said Barbra Graham of Woburn, New Horizons’ director of community relations.
Being part of the New Horizons community also afforded its residents the opportunity to be among the early group of Massachusetts residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. North Woburn CVS administered the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at New Horizons on February 4. Nearly all residents and staff are now fully vaccinated, according to Coakley.
“Thanks to our dedicated staff, supportive residents and families, and a notable dose of good fortune, we have fared remarkably well during this perilous coronavirus pandemic,” said Coakley.
About New Horizons at Choate
New Horizons at Choate is a not-for-profit independent and assisted living community in Woburn. Opened in the former Choate Memorial Hospital in 1990, it is fully operated by Cummings Foundation, Inc., also of Woburn. The Foundation helps support New Horizons and has awarded more than $280 million to nonprofits in greater Boston. More information about New Horizons is available at www.newhorizonsatchoate.org.
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