Welty Properties Meet the Needs of Retiring Baby Boomers
Fresh cuisine, technology, healthy lifestyle choices attract discerning retirees
The oldest Baby Boomers – that large generation of Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – turn 70 this year, and the youngest are in their fifties. As the 78 million Baby Boomers retire, there’s likely to be a huge demand for smaller, more manageable housing options, including apartments, assisted living complexes, and nursing homes.
Retirement communities have to be ready to handle not only the large numbers of Baby Boomers but their unique needs, which can be very different from those of earlier generations of retirees. Boomers prize their independence, and many will prefer to live their retirement years in a meaningful way where they control their lives. Research shows that they also tend to make healthier choices than their parents; they’re more likely to want whole grains, organic vegetables, and lean meats. They also enjoy group activities and consider regular exercise more important than their parents did.
Welty properties are the area’s only retirement communities that offer a continuum of senior living options designed with the needs of new generations of retirees in mind. The non-profit Welty Corporation’s independent living, assisted living and long-term care options in Wheeling provide amenities that deliver the features that discerning Baby Boomers need and want. Wi-Fi connectivity, cable, exercise classes, in-house therapy and healthy, delicious meals are just a few of the niceties that Welty offers in its assisted living and nursing home properties.
The Welty Trust has created a range of independent, assisted and long-term care options, including 121 comfortable, maintenance-free apartments for seniors in the Clara Welty Apartments at 1276 National Road, Bertha Welty Apartments at 1315 National Road, Welty TownHomes at 1287 National Road, and Braddock Apartments at 153 Edgington Lane. These properties are designed for people who want to remain independent but appreciate the added measures of comfort and security of apartment living.
The Welty Home at 21 Washington Avenue offers a gracious living for people who need a little assistance with personal care, medication management, and other needs. Residents enjoy 52 spacious private rooms with private baths, along with fresh-cooked meals served in a beautifully appointed dining room. Daily activities provide opportunities to interact with neighbors, and exercise classes and in-house physical, speech and occupational therapy help residents stay healthy. Mass is celebrated daily in the Welty Home chapel, and nurses are on duty 24 hours a day to administer medications and assist with any issues that may arise.
Just a few blocks away at 159 Edgington Lane, Good Shepherd Nursing Home’s 123 private and semi-private rooms are the perfect option for people who need rehabilitation, long-term nursing or skilled care. A competent and caring staff of nurses and aides are on staff around the clock to care for residents. Licensed medical professionals provide speech, occupational, and physical therapy right in the building; residents can also receive in-house care from their personal physicians as well as a number of specialists like podiatrists, psychiatrist, and dentists that visit regularly.
Kind and enthusiastic activities staff keep residents entertained and engaged with classes, musical entertainment, games, crafts and other programs. They also escort residents to Daily Mass and weekly interdenominational prayer services in Good Shepherd’s beautiful chapel. And Good Shepherd has two talented chefs on staff who prepare every meal from scratch, using the freshest possible ingredients.
Back in the 60s and 70s, young Baby Boomers changed our views on politics, social justice, and aging. It’s fitting that Boomers in their 60s and 70s can benefit from some of the changes they helped to bring about.
Welty properties were constructed thanks to a generous trust established more than 65 years ago by Wheeling resident Clara Welty. Her philanthropy has enabled thousands of people to live their retirement years in beauty, safety and comfort. For information on living in any Welty property, call Tawnya Knierim at 304.242.1093, or write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.