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A Lifestyle of Possibilities

 Generations at Agritopia November 07, 2015
By Allyson Nathan

Grown from a vision to build a senior living community in a neighborhood where friends visit on front porches and neighbors catch up over low backyard fences, Generations serves as the proud centerpiece of Agritopia, the legendary, urban agricultural community located in Gilbert, Arizona.

Recognized nationally for its spectacular design and cutting-edge features and amenities, Generations is the proud winner of the prestigious Architecture and Design Award by Senior Housing News. While Generations immediately impresses upon walking in the door, that is only the beginning.

In addition to our warm and welcoming front desk concierge, residents and guests are greeted by a magnificent bronze sculpture, aptly named “The Spirit of Imagination.” This unique work of art, depicting a young boy’s dream to fly, was hand-chosen by the award-winning Thoma-Holec interior design firm. LuAnn Thoma-Holec’s interpretation of the “freedom for” lifestyle described by Eric Johnston, President and CEO of RCS, and an IPA partner, couldn’t have been demonstrated better.

Beyond the aesthetics that include artistically-designed flooring details, coffered ceilings, and high quality finishes, the purposefully designed amenity areas host a myriad of gatherings, or serve as the perfect setting for visiting with friends, or relaxing in front of a fire with a good book.

The Vineyard Wine Cellar, winner of the 2015 ASID Design for Excellence Award for Best Singular Commercial Space, and the Silk Tassel Tea Room, which won second place in the same category, are enjoyed frequently by residents and their families. Equally impressive is the Deuces Wild Card and Game Room, where residents can find a game of chess, pool, darts, and more. The marquee outside the Legends Theatre displays what current or classic movie or TV show is playing for residents to enjoy, along with fresh-popped popcorn.

With a focus on lifelong learning, Generations University offers residents ongoing educational opportunities, and had eight residents in its first graduating class. The Vibrant Living Fitness Center boasts large windows, high-end equipment, free-weights, and space for yoga and other group classes. The bright, spacious setting makes it easy for residents to enjoy a regular schedule of wellness activities. Our Vibrant Living activity schedule literally fills the page with life enrichment and social programs created to appeal to a wide range of interests. From gardening and painting, to billiards and bridge, there is something for everyone to enjoy, and residents are always encouraged to share their favorite pastimes with others, or enjoy them on their own.

What would a senior living community be without good, and I mean really good, food? At Generations, the menus parallel some of the best restaurants around, while reflecting the talent of our chef who creates them. Our Lantana Dining Room is open all day for residents to enjoy beautifully prepared, nutritious meals that appeal to even the pickiest of eaters, leaving the challenge of maintaining a healthy diet a distant memory. Our full-service wait staff often becomes an extension of family, learning each resident’s unique preferences and tastes, so meals can be prepared just right. In cases where special diets are necessary, our menus include options for residents without having to sacrifice quality or taste. Our Bistro serves up trendy coffee drinks, and is a favorite place for a quick snack while catching up on the news, or enjoying an impromptu card game. Just imagine, no more need to run to the store or put down your good book to prepare a meal and, even better, no dishes to wash afterwards! Of course, our well-appointed apartments feature beautifully-designed kitchens, with granite counters and stainless appliances, where residents can prepare their favorite recipes to enjoy on their own, or while entertaining family or friends.

As one would expect, everything we do stems from our goal to deliver quality service and warm hospitality. Our concierges are available to assist residents with everything from scheduling transportation for errands or appointments, to making sure they know about the events and activities available each day. Our onsite beauty salon and barber shop is a favorite amenity for residents who enjoy having skilled stylists and manicurists available in a convenient, comfortable setting.  Our onsite physician’s office hosts our visiting “house-call” doctors, who are available by appointment for routine checkups, follow-ups after medical procedures, or to care for sore throats and the like. Our residents enjoy the convenience of not having to drive to, or coordinate transportation to healthcare appointments, or having to spend valuable time in waiting rooms when they have so many better things to do!

Our inclusive lifestyle provides scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping, and two chef-prepared meals per day. Basic cable, all utilities (except personal telephone), and 24-hour emergency call service are also included. In addition, personal laundry and linen services are included with all assisted living and Alla Vita memory care services. Generations has Wi-Fi throughout the community to keep residents connected to friends, Facebook, and current news.

Generations is a smoke-free community with pet-friendly independent and assisted living apartments designed in a variety of styles that include studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den, and two-bedroom floor plans. Most first floor apartments feature outdoor patios adjacent to inviting garden paths or tree-lined neighborhood streets. Second floor apartments open to balconies overlooking distant mountains, the surrounding community, or the fountains and gazebo beautifully situated in our courtyard.

All apartment homes feature full kitchens or kitchenettes, equipped with stainless appliances, tile floors, granite countertops, and generous in-home storage spaces. One and two-bedroom styles include a convenient, personal washer and dryer. The large windows in each apartment make each room feel light and airy while framing beautiful views from every vantage point. Whether it is personal time in the privacy of their own apartment, or quality time spent with family and friends, Generations offers a lifestyle our residents can be proud of.

Generations offers an integrated independent and assisted living model in our main building, allowing residents to receive customary assisted living services in the privacy of their own apartments, without requiring a move to a designated area for that care. Residents enjoy peace of mind knowing if their personal care needs increase, whether temporarily or long-term, they won’t have the added burden of moving.

The beautiful entry courtyard, with its statuesque running fountain and circular drive, separates the main building from our smaller, more intimate setting, where Signature Services residents enjoy beautiful, second-story views, along with the convenience of their dining and living room areas located right outside their apartment doors. With caregivers always within reach, residents and their families can rest easy knowing they have more immediate access to care. Our Alla Vita Memory Care model, located on the first floor, was custom-designed to celebrate life! This unique concept delivers a holistic approach to care, and includes programs designed to minimize stress, encourage interaction, and promote overall wellness. Examples of the programs offered include aromatherapy, reflexology, music therapy, and more. Our Signature Services and Alla Vita neighborhoods are comprised of 24 apartments each, with 12 on each side, that surround lovely living and dining rooms with views of the central courtyard, and double-sided fireplaces. While the Alla Vita neighborhood is subtly secure for our residents’ safety, both settings provide ideal environments for our caregivers to facilitate meaningful activities and serve nutritious, chef-prepared meals and snacks. Residents and their family members all enjoy knowing certified caregivers are just outside their apartment door, 24-hours a day, to provide medication management, and assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, oral hygiene, ambulation, and continence. Most importantly, everyone enjoys visits from family members, who are welcome any time of the day or night.

Developed by IPA of Grand Haven, MI, in conjunction with RCS, the Phoenix-based senior housing management arm of the company, Generations welcomed its first residents in July 2014, and quickly became a senior living community of choice for residents, families, and their trusted advisors.

Generations senior living communities are family-owned and operated, enabling us to design, develop, and deliver quality environments, and custom programs and services. Our residents appreciate the unique adaptations that reflect each community’s locale, which, in many cases, makes the decision to move much easier. We are delighted to announce Generations at Ahwatukee is under construction, with occupancy anticipated in mid-2017. Anyone interested in joining our interest list is invited to contact Generations at Agritopia for information. Our plans for additional Generations will be shared when they are available. We invite you to schedule a personal tour so you can see, firsthand, how our residents enjoy freedom for what matters most.

Stop by Fridays at 10am, for a movie, tour and lunch. Call 480-485-2000 for reservations. Generations at Agritopia is located at 2811 E. Agritopia Loop S., Gilbert, AZ 85296. You can also visit or email at
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 Generations at Agritopia| November 07, 2015
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