These past few months have been trying to say the least. Especially for those who are a part of the at-risk population, such as our senior residents. To be safe, many of these residents have had to be apart from their families since March, and if they have been fortunate enough to see a loved one, it was from a lobby window. These unprecedented times are not yet over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find creative ways to support each other and give a little boost to someone who may need it.
On Wednesday, The Ashford on Broad hosted a parade to support its residents during these tough times. Friends, family members, and associates showed off their decorated cars and signs as they cruised through the community, honking and waving at those who live at Broad.
It’s more than a backpack. It’s a fresh start.
Wallick’s volunteer committee Heart of Service held its annual backpack drive, but with a twist. In August, the committee had over 1,000 school items delivered to The Ashford on Broad, where residents eagerly awaited to help stuff backpacks for 200 children that live in Wallick’s affordable housing communities. The crew was also joined by associates from Tidwell Group, the company’s financial consulting partner, who donated half of the supplies.
Heart of Service’s backpack drive is about more than giving kids a pencil and paper to bring to school. Possessing the essential tools to learn establishes the tone of the school year, and possibly what’s left of a student’s academic career. Therefore, to impact those left out of summer back-to-school drives, Heart of Service will deliver the backpacks and school supplies to children at the end of this year.
Thank you to everyone who made the backpack drive possible!
With the holidays can come joy and cheer, but also snow and frigid temperatures. And for that reason, Wallick’s volunteer committee, Heart of Service, devised a plan to keep The Ashfords’ senior residents warm and cozy this chilly season by organizing a blanket drive.
With the help of Wallick’s associates, Heart of Service collected 153 blankets for residents at two of the Company’s affordable senior living communities, The Ashford on Broad and The Ashford of Mt. Washington. Each blanket was packaged with a personalized card and gifted to residents at their community’s holiday party. Put on by The Ashfords’ staff members, both holiday bashes had a feast, music, support from Wallick associates, and of course a special appearance by Santa Clause.
Although the basic fleece blanket probably won’t make Amazon’s Hottest Holiday Gift Guide anytime soon, words can’t describe how delighted residents were to get a surprise gift from a friend at Wallick.
It just shows – no matter the gift, it’s the thought that always means the most. Thank you to everyone who donated.
The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, a division of the Ohio Department of Aging, has released results of the 2017 Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey. This survey, conducted through face-to-face interviews with residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, assessed residents’ satisfaction with an array of subjects related to their care and everyday life.
The statewide average satisfaction score for assisted living facilities was 85.2 out of 100. With an overall score of 92.4, The Ashford on Broad ranked first among Columbus assisted living communities for resident satisfaction. In addition to overall satisfaction, the survey measured how well specific aspects of the facility met the residents’ needs and expectations. The attached image shows The Ashford on Broad’s scores for each aspect and how it compared to the statewide average.
The Ashford on Broad’s excellent ratings also placed the community in the top 10% of all assisted living communities in Ohio. Congratulations to the team members that made The Ashford on Broad one of the best care facilities in the state!
Wallick Communities was pleased to be recognized by Tax Credit Advisor and Affordable Housing Finance this year.
The Ashford on Broad, Wallick’s first affordable assisted living community, was featured on the cover of Tax Credit Advisors’ September issue. The case study “Affordable and Assisted with a Wow Factor” explored the increasing demand for assisted living services and how Wallick is working to meet that need, through the development of The Ashfords, at a cost that is affordable for seniors of all incomes.
The Ashford on Broad and The Ashford of Mt. Washington were also the topic of Affordable Housing Finance’s online article, “Wallick Works on Affordable Assisted-Living Model”.
What was once just a concept, has now become reality. In 2017 Wallick celebrated the grand openings of its first two affordable assisted living communities, The Ashford on Broad and The Ashford of Mt. Washington. In October, Wallick broke ground on its third affordable assisted living community, The Ashford at Sturbridge. Additional communities are being planned in Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, Akron and Indianapolis.
Affordable assisted living is merely one opportunity within the realm of senior living that Wallick has turned its focus toward. In May, The company broke ground on its second memory care community, The Grove at Oakleaf Village of Columbus. Premarketing of The Grove is now underway as the community is expected to open in July 2018.
It’s been a busy month for Wallick as its newest assisted living communities, The Ashford on Broad and The Ashford of Mt. Washington, celebrated grand openings.
The Ashford on Broad
Nearly 75 attendees joined Wallick Communities on August, 22 at The Ashford on Broad for a ribbon cutting and open house.
Special guests included:
- Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio 3rd District
- Julie Wallick, Principal of Wallick Communities
- Mayor Kim Maggard, City of Whitehall
- Tom Feusse, CEO of Wallick Communities
- Zach Woodruff, City of Whitehall
- Richard Winslow, Executive Director of The Ashford on Broad
- Sue Zazon, Huntington Bank
- Dr. Holly Holtzen, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Formerly the Ramada Inn, The Ashford on Broad was adaptively transformed into a $10 million assisted living community for seniors of all incomes. It offers a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments with three unique housing options designed around a café, bistro and common areas. When fully occupied, The Ashford on Broad will create 70 full-time jobs within central Ohio.
The Ashford of Mt. Washington
On August 24, The Ashford of Mt. Washington welcomed nearly 50 guests to its grand opening celebration.
- Ken Schroeder, Anderson Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
- Guy Ford, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
- Tom Feusse, CEO of Wallick Communities
- Judy Schlagheck, Anderson Chamber of Commerce, Chair
- Gay Boyce, Executive Director of The Ashford of Mt. Washington
- Howard Wallick, Principal of Wallick Communities
Previously a 63,500 SF apartment building, The Ashford of Mt. Washington has been transformed into a $7 million assisted and independent living community for seniors of all incomes. The community offers a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments as well as a café, bistro and common areas. When fully occupied, The Ashford of Mt. Washington will create 70 full-time positions in eastern Cincinnati, Ohio.