Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 29, 2009
Senior Lodge planned for Sanctum Spiritual Retreat
High end units would include vaulted ceilings, balconies
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
CAROLINE - In a bid to provide more housing for seniors, Sanctum Spiritual Retreat Centre, located four km west of Caroline, is planning to build a $6-million, 27-suite seniors lodge on its property.
The independent living lodge will feature suites of up to 1,400 square feet and is expected to be ready for occupancy in the spring of 2011.
"It's been long presented to us by a number of seniors that there is a need for seniors' housing in the area," retreat centre director Kristoph Dobrowolski said June 22.
Leaside Development, an Olds-based company, will build and operate the facility.
"We are acting as the bridge to create this scenario because it is of interest to us to see this occur and we want to develop this into an overall community here," Dobrowolski said.
The sale of 15 acres to Leaside to build the lodge will allow the retreat centre to retire its $3-million capital debt.
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"These are higher end units with high vaulted ceilings and balconies and underground heated parking and the whole bit," noted Dobrowolski.
He said research done in the area shows most seniors "are looking for something above average. They want a nice condo connected to the retreat centre."
Research on seniors lodges in the U.S. shows depression rates among seniors increase significantly if they are isolated.
At Sanctum Retreat there is plenty of company. The retreat centre attracts about 1,500 clients a year.
"So our goal is to launch a facility where seniors could live and be part of a community," Dobrowolski said.
He said residents would be invited to be part of the retreat centre's overall community and to participate in its ministry in a variety of ways - chapel, hospitality, gardening or helping in the kitchen.
"Of course they are not obligated to, but they would be encouraged to get involved because of the research showing that it would be a much richer and valuable community that way and they would be much happier."
Lodge residents will enjoy more than 50 acres of environmental reserve along the Raven River. This includes several walking trails along the river and around a man-made pond. There would also be other amenities, including close access to ambulance and fire services.
Dobrowolski said although a developer is building the centre, it will be integrated into the Sanctum community.
An open house for those interested in learning more about the lodge will be held June 29 from 2 to 8 p.m. For more information call 1-888-442-0285.