Cedarhurst hosts delayed grand opening ceremony, wants residents to be able to ‘live life to the fullest’

July 1, 2022 | 12:07 am

Updated June 30, 2022 | 10:43 pm

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Cedarhurst of Owensboro has been open since the fall of 2021, but the pandemic prevented a proper opening ceremony. On Thursday, they held a celebration with a ribbon cutting, live music, and food straight from Cedarhurst’s kitchen. 

“We haven’t had a chance to celebrate like we should have, so there’s no better time than now,” executive director Winter Stelmach said. 

According to Kayla Nelms, marketing director of all Cedarhurst communities, there are about 54 communities spread across eight states, and Owensboro was a great fit for the kind of services they provide. 

“Smaller markets mostly lean towards nursing homes, but we’re not a nursing home and we’re not a facility, so Owensboro fits our demographic well,” Nelms said. “You can come and go as you please, you can have a car, you can go on vacation, you can have a pet. It’s just a place to live where you don’t have to cook, you don’t have to clean, and there are tons of activities. And if you want or need help, we’re here. We’re the friend that’s here when you need us.”

Cedarhurst offers assisted living, personal care, and memory care. It also offers a community to older individuals who may not have had one over the past few years.

“Within Covid, there were a lot of people that were really lonely, but in our community that doesn’t happen,” Nelms said. “People who may have lived by themselves for 5 or 10 years now have friends everywhere. There are games to be played and movies to be watched together right outside their doors.”

The building’s construction and amenities help foster this community feel. Within the 73,000-square foot area there are seven common spaces, three courtyards, a walking trail, and a movie theater. Cedarhurst is committed to their mission of creating an environment where people can live life to the fullest. 

The first members of the Owensboro Cedarhurst community are called the Founders Club. These 17 individuals deposited a payment before the community ever opened, so they were celebrated at Thursday’s event. The very first residents to move in last fall were given the honor of cutting the ribbon. 

To learn more about Cedarhurst, visit CedarhurstLiving.com.

July 1, 2022 | 12:07 am

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