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The brand-new building at The Chelsea at Washington Township was packed with people on Thursday, October 26, celebrating the grand opening of Bergen County’s newest Assisted Living and Memory Care community. From food to drinks to entertainment, there was something to do throughout the community; champagne was passed at the entrance, Seasons Catering provided fine cuisine and dessert, Chelsea Chefs created a pasta and carving station, and Five Dimes Brewery showcased a couple of their craft beers.
But, as Executive Director Todd Aronson put it, there’s still work to be done to get ready for the community’s first residents.
“This is fun, but our real work is coming soon as we start to take care of our residents and our staff,” he said.
A handful of future residents were in attendance. A couple of those residents helped with the ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside the township’s Council President, Desiree Morgan.
“The township has been waiting for you guys for a really long time, so we’re happy that you’re here,” she said.
And for seniors currently living in Washington Township, they’ll have the option of never having to leave town. That’s something important to Scott Stewart, Founder and Managing Director of Capitol Seniors Housing (CSH), the owners of the property.
“A lot of tough roads in creating something this beautiful,” Stewart said. “Takes a lot of work, takes a lot of time, takes a lot of effort.”
President and COO of Chelsea Senior Living, Roger Bernier, reinforced that it takes a village.
“What really excites me is watching families and seniors come through those doors in a month from now and seeing it bustling,” Bernier said.
The Chelsea at Washington Township is a rental community for seniors who are looking for high-quality care and socialization. Residents receive first-class amenities included with rent such as three restaurant-style meals per day, weekly housekeeping and laundry services, concierge services, expert clinical care, 24/7 professional services, on-site therapy services from Fox Rehab, vibrant activities programming, on-site maintenance services, a movie theater, a social lounge with a balcony, a media center, a fitness center, themed parties, and group trips.
The community now waits for final approval from the state to officially open its doors, which is planned for next month.