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Options for senior housing expanding; Village of St. Edward opens in Wadsworth

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While it has yet to celebrate with an official ribbon-cutting, the Village of St. Edward in Wadsworth is the latest addition to Medina County’s growing senior housing market.

“We actually saw that there was a need for a not-for-profit, faith-based organization in the Wadsworth community … ,” Annette Walters, facility spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

The 106-room facility opened Jan. 14, and welcomed its first independent living residents that same day, Walters said.

The facility fits into a county that is aging and in need of facility to address that aging population.

The Gazette reported in November 2017 that 31 percent of Medina County residents will be at least

60 years old by 2023.

And Medina County Office for Older Adults Director Laura Toth said that same month that the organization is seeing an increase in its caseload as the county’s population continues to age.

“We had a feasibility analysis study done and it did indicate there was a need for a facility such as ours in Wadsworth and again that was one of the main reasons that we chose (Wadsworth),” Walters said of the county’s population.

The new Village of St. Edward, 880 Main St., Wadsworth, comes on the heels of Danbury Senior Living Brunswick, which celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this month.

Danbury spokeswoman Jessica Jenkins said the facility at 3430 Brunswick Lake Parkway currently has a 75 percent occupancy rate.

“We are well-ahead of our schedule,” Jenkins said Wednesday.

Jenkins said that she is aware that there does seem to be an increase in senior living facilities in Medina County.

“I believe that part of that increase is due to the significant aging population we are facing right now and they may need several kinds of options,” Jenkins said. “While we offer several options, someone may be opening up a community that offers another option.”

Jenkins said the Brunswick facility has residents from both local areas such as Hinckley and Valley City, but also outside the county.

“It is based on where the kids live, based on where it is going to be easiest to access mom or dad,” she said.

Both communities in Brunswick and Wadsworth offer three levels of care; independent living, assisted living and memory care.

South Court Senior Villas, a 48-unit senior apartment facility, also opened at 171 High Point Drive, Medina, last August.

The Village of St. Edward will officially celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce and city of Wadsworth 12:30 p.m., March 5, at the facility.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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