In the early morning hours of April 24, 2022, a four-alarm fire broke out at a building under construction at Ovation Heartwood Preserve, the new luxury retirement community in West Omaha offering independent living, assisted living and memory care. Experts are still in the stage of finalizing the exact cause of the fire.
“We are grateful to the first responders who have worked to limit the damage to the building that is Ovation East,” says Stephanie Grade, general manager of Ovation by Avamere, the parent company. “Fortunately, none of our residents had moved in yet and we are extremely thankful for that.“ The retirement community had been scheduled to open the following week.
Now that the smoke has cleared, the good news is that Ovation Heartwood Preserve officially opened in June, with the first Assisted Living and Memory Care residents moved in and enjoying a level of care unique to senior care.
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“This is like no other senior living community in Nebraska or Iowa,” says Roxann Rogers Meyer, Ovation’s community relations coordinator in Omaha. “Our specialized care for memory care residents with dementia is unique to individuals’ needs, with an emphasis on their life stories, their relationships and their preferences. And our assisted living community, which is all about how we care for our residents, provides opportunities for them to connect with their family, friends and people in the outlying communities.”
Both residences, which feature a range of amenities and activities not found anywhere else in the region, serve as hospitality models in the industry.
Residents have at their disposal a wellness center with state-of-the-art equipment that is managed by an exercise physiologist. Life enrichment programs, under the direction of a full-time life enrichment director, include activities from painting and jewelry classes to journaling and a mystery club.
Unlike the institutional food served in many retirement centers, members of the Ovation Heartwood Preserve community can choose from a variety of dining experiences, including Lorraine’s Kitchen, where an executive chef and an entire culinary team prepare menus that change every week. Residents can also socialize at the 360 Rooftop Club or invite family and friends to the Grand Terrace for a barbeque.
For evening entertainment, movie night classics are shown on-site in a theater, which also hosts a range of events. Excursions to off-site museums and cultural venues can easily be arranged.
Ovation welcomes prospective residents, their families and healthcare professionals to engage with their dedicated team.
To sign up for a tour of Ovation Heartwood Preserve, please call 402.999.7900. And for information on becoming one of the newest members of this unique luxury retirement community, go to ovationbyavamere.com.