additionAward-winning Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community has received approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a $9 million insured mortgage toward a $10.64 million expansion of The Village at Cedar Hill, a two-level addition to include a 20-person memory care facility as well as 20 independent and assisted-living apartments. Groundbreaking on the project is slated for February 2014.

Designed by Mackenzie Architects of Burlington, the expansion will add 41,866 square feet to the existing Village, tripling the size of the assisted-living facility in terms of both physical space and resident capacity. The project has been in the planning phases for four years, and the completed facility is expected to open in January 2015.

Construction managers anticipate the expansion will bring about 40 construction jobs to Windsor.

“We’re hiring mostly local subcontractors,” said Senior Project Manager Mark Joudrey of Congress Construction, based in Peabody, Mass. “We’re anticipating a project duration of 11 months.”

“It’s been a long time coming, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be increasing our capacity here at Cedar Hill,” said Mary Louise Sayles, a registered nurse and licensed nursing home administrator who owns Cedar Hill with her daughter, Patricia Horn. “We are particularly excited about the memory care facility, a first in the area. It will be a real asset to individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”

In addition to the Village, which last year earned a Bronze Award from the American Health Care Association, Sayles and Horn operate Cedar Hill Health Care, a 39-bed skilled-nursing facility offering long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, and hospice services. It has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A third facility, Victorian House at Cedar Hill, provides care for 13 residents in a comfortable, home-like setting. All three of the facilities are located on Cedar Hill’s campus along Route 5 in Windsor.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the years to improve our services and level of care here at Cedar Hill,” said Horn, who has worked alongside her mother for 10 years and is also a licensed nursing home administrator. “And I feel fortunate to be part of a project that will benefit the greater Windsor community as well.”

Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community has a long history in Windsor and employs nearly 100 individuals. Founded in 1988 by Sayles and fellow registered nurse Judy Brogren, the campus serves residents and families from both sides of the Connecticut River and is well regarded by locals.The new memory care facility will be dedicated to Brogren, who is now deceased.

“We are particularly excited about the memory care facility, a first in the area. It will be a real asset to individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”

—Mary Louise Sayles, Co-Owner, Cedar Hill

“Cedar Hill Continuing Care’s expansion and investment in Windsor is welcome news,” said Town Manager Tom Marsh. “They are a great corporate citizen of Windsor; the quality of their services and the community commitment of their staff is well recognized. Their expansion not only grows our tax base, but provides additional employment opportunities, and local access to health services for our residents.”

Expansion details

The existing Village at Cedar Hill houses 21 one- and two-bedroom apartments and common areas in 17,854 square feet.The expansion will add two levels and increase the square footage to 59,720.

One floor will feature 20 one- and two-bedroom apartments and studio apartments for independent and assisted living. Common living spaces will include a living room and dining room, pub, multipurpose activity room, fitness center, salon, library and computer center. The lower level will feature a comfortable, secure living area dedicated to care for individuals with memory loss and staffed around the clock by professionals specially trained in memory loss care. Twelve private apartments and eight semi-private apartments will surround a large common area with country kitchen, dining room, living room, activity room, salon, greenhouse and art center, and a secure outdoor garden area. Throughout the facility, there will be plenty of room for residents to take walks.

Owners Sayles and Horn look forward to sharing construction updates with community members on a regular basis.