The Best of All Worlds Under One Roof
Amberleigh Executive Director Margaret Kleinmann, Wellness Nursing Director Pam Bolden, and residents enjoy the annual “Senior” Prom.
Photo by kc kratt
October marks one year since The Amberleigh, a retirement community in WNY located at 2330 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY, cut the ribbon on our new Assisted Living and Memory Care apartments, expanding the care offerings for residents and the community. Excitement ran high during our anticipated grand opening after nineteen months of construction and continues to grow for residents and their families as they move into their new homes to start the next chapter of their lives. We simply have the best of all worlds on our campus under one roof. The Amberleigh now has 201 Independent Apartments, 49 Assisted Living and 17 Memory Care apartments.
What makes The Amberleigh so special? Most important, it’s the staff. With more than thirty years of experience in geriatrics in the WNY area, I select each and every staff member and require that each one have a passion for caring for the elderly and experience in this industry. The Assisted Living staff has experience caring for residents on this level of care. Once hired, they are put through a rigorous training before they are cleared to work on the floor with the residents. I can say with all confidence that The Amberleigh is the only place I would want my own parents to live when that time comes.
Overseeing the evolution of the renovations of The Amberleigh from the time when Dallas-based Capital Senior Living proposed the project in 2014, managers of The Amberleigh, I wanted the 49 new Assisted Living and 17 Memory Care apartments to be constructed in an environment that breathed life into every new resident who would choose Amberleigh as their home. I personally oversaw the selection of furnishings and colors of the new wing.
When families and prospective residents tour The Amberleigh Assisted Living and Memory Care wing for the first time, they notice all the extras that make The Amberleigh a cut above the rest. The hallways are wide, bright, and cheerful. The nurses’ stations are centrally located for easy flow into the culture of relaxation and trust. There are beautifully appointed lounges on every floor that overlook a welcoming and flower-filled gazebo with lush plants and furnishings. Each floor has hydrotherapy spas, so residents can take relaxing baths supervised by a member of the nursing team. All medications prescribed by personal physicians are administered by a licensed nurse to residents in the privacy of their own units. And, under the watchful attention of the housekeeping staff, the apartments and common areas are kept clean. Residents also appreciate the peace and tranquility of their living environment, as all staff use a pager system to contact the nurses on duty so residents are not disturbed by excessive noise.
But, what our Amberleigh residents enjoy most is the independence they are given in a culture of friendly Buffalo people who care. While receiving the medical attention of their individual care plans implemented by their case manager and the nursing and aide team twenty-four hours a day, everything comes together focusing on a person’s entire overall wellness, including a pet-friendly environment.
Our residents enjoy outings several times per week as programming includes day trips to please. The community’s resident body coordinates a Men’s Club, a Couples Club, and a Speakers Bureau. The creative Activities Department ensures that the residents mingle with the Independent Living residents for many events. The activity department sees to it that the residents are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually enriched. Outings include trips to the philharmonic, movies, restaurants, and museums to name a few. The annual “Senior” Prom is the event of the year. Young staffers ask residents to the prom with a “Promposal.” Technology classes instruct participants on how to use a cell phone to its full potential, how to use Facebook, and other technology trainings. Tai Chi and Zumba classes are also very popular. These are just some activities that set Amberleigh apart from the rest.
Residents also enjoy chef-prepared meals planned by a registered dietician three times a day for all three levels of care. Many meals are prepared with no added salt and low sugar to help the residents keep healthy. Special accommodations to resident dietary needs such as gluten free, lactose intolerant, food allergies, and restrictions are offered. Menus are given to the residents a week in advance so they can plan alternate meals if necessitated or desired. An open dining committee shares opinions and welcomes comments.
Most apartments (with the exception of Memory Care) at The Amberleigh have full kitchens, spacious bathrooms with handicap accessibility in the Assisted Living and Memory Care units, walk-in showers, and plenty of closet space. Every apartment on campus also has emergency pull chords in the bedroom and bathrooms, with twenty-four-hour security to respond on any level of care in the event of an emergency.
The Amberleigh sits on twenty-three lush and meticulously landscaped acres in the heart of Williamsville. Originally opened as the very first retirement community in this area in 1988, The Amberleigh continues its tradition of quality care with honor, dignity, and respect to those it serves. Keep an eye out for plans to celebrate its thirty-year anniversary of providing only the best this industry can offer. Come see for yourself why The Amberleigh has been ranked highest among those communities that offer the same levels of care. For more information, to volunteer your time, or to schedule lunch or dinner and a tour call 689-4555.
Margaret Kleinmann is executive director of The Amberleigh.