Spring Arbor Living, an assisted living home, opened May 22 in Frederick County. Judy Hayes, executive director of Spring Arbor Living, recently spoke to The News-Post about the facility.
Tell me about some of the features Spring Arbor has.
We are the 23rd community for Spring Arbor. It’s part of the HHHunt Corporation. They really have a focus on quality and are very focused on the residents’ needs. I really love the Cottage Care Program, which is their memory program. We have a total of 101 apartments; about 40 of them are cottages. We also have studios and one bedrooms.
Tell me about some of the community areas and amenities.
It’s very forward-thinking, we have had great comments on the decorator. For our building, when I walk through, it reminds me of Frederick, Frederick County and Maryland. The decorator really sat down and did her homework on the scenes. You have horses, you have crabs, you have Camden Yards — things that really speak to the residents in this area. We have pictures of Frederick buildings downtown, so it really helps people feel that they’re at home.
What makes Spring Arbor different than other assisted living centers in the area?
I think our Cottage Care Program and our signature programs that we have. We have on-site therapy that also provides exercise classes for our residents. What most people are concerned about when their parent is discharged from therapy is continuing to keep them as independent as possible.
What’s one of the most challenging parts of working in this field?
I would say the most challenging part is people being financially prepared. The opportunities in Maryland for assisted living and help with assisted living are very limited. The challenge for the industry is people being able to financially afford assisted living when they need it.
What’s the most rewarding part?
I love being able to take somebody who has had difficulty in other buildings or at home because of their cognitive loss and seeing them have a quality of life here. I also love how we can bring in hospice to help families walk the path to the end of life.