Hid­den Mead­ows breaks ground on build­ing

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

With 40 rooms in a sin­glestory 30,000-square-foot build­ing, Hid­den Mead­ows on the Ridge’s about-to-be-con­structed sec­ond build­ing will be big, but that doesn’t mean it has to feel that way.

“The build­ing is de­signed in what’s called a neigh­bor­hood struc­ture,” said Joe Cimerola, who, with broth­ers Jeff and Thom Bell, owns Hid­den Mead­ows.

“There’ll be four sep­a­rate pods that con­tain 10 rooms each, so each pod is its own com­mu­nity, it’s own small neigh­bor­hood where the res­i­dents have their own din­ing fa­cil­i­ties, their own ac­tiv­i­ties fa­cil­i­ties in each in­di­vid­ual pod,” Cimerola said. “Along with that, there’ll be some cen­tral ar­eas where there’ll be group ac­tiv­i­ties that fam­ily mem­bers can par­tic­i­pate in, as well as all the res­i­dents in the fa­cil­i­ties.”

“It’s ba­si­cally a small house­hold,” Con­nie Renn, Hid­den Mead­ows mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, said of the neigh­bor­hood struc­ture.

Ground­break­ing was


Jan. 8 for the new build­ing, which is ex­pected to open in late sum­mer.

The first Hid­den Mead­ows build­ing, which has 54 rooms on three floors, opened in 2008 on the 10acre site on Farmer’s Lane in West Rock­hill.

In­fra­struc­ture for the en­tire prop­erty was cre­ated at that time, Cimerola said.

“Ev­ery­thing was built to ac­com­mo­date a sec­ond build­ing,” he said.

The first build­ing is a per­sonal care fa­cil­ity, while the new one will be for peo­ple with de­men­tia, Cimerola said.

There are cur­rently 58 peo­ple liv­ing at Hid­den Mead­ows on the Ridge, he said. The new build­ing, which will have room for 48 res­i­dents, will bring about 50 ad­di­tional full- or part­time jobs to the site, he said.

“This new build­ing is go­ing to re­quire more staffing on a daily ba­sis than the orig­i­nal build­ing on a per bed ba­sis,” Cimerola said. “It’s more in­ten­si­fied staffing be­cause of the amount of at­ten­tion and struc­ture each one of the res­i­dents need.”

Arts, mu­sic and other types of ther­apy will be used to help stim­u­late the res­i­dents, Renn said.

“Some of these sen­sory stim­u­la­tions will bring back a long-term mem­ory,” she said.

While the build­ing will be locked for the se­cu­rity of the res­i­dents, those res­i­dents will be able to go out­side in court­yard or other se­cured ar­eas, Cimerola said.

“It’ll have a num­ber of ther­apy gar­dens out­side the facil- ity for the res­i­dents to use at any time, whether they want to do it just for com­fort rea­sons or if they want to use it to de­velop their own gar­dens for them­selves,” he said.

Staff mem­bers work hard to get to know the res­i­dents and their needs, Renn said.

“It’s be­yond care­givers,” she said. “They re­ally be­come fam­ily.”

Berks Ridge Co., of Har­leysville, is the gen­eral con­trac­tor for the new build­ing.

“We’re go­ing to have an on­go­ing blog with up­dates on the fa­cil­ity,” Cimerola said. “Peo­ple will be able to see on­go­ing progress.”

Those up­dates will be on the Hid­den Mead­ows web­site at www.hid­den­mead­ow­son­theridge.com, he said. To see video from the ground­break­ing, visit PerkasieNewsHer­ald.com.

News-her­ald pho­tos — DEBBY HIGH

Hid­den Mead­ows own­ers Jeff Bell, Joe Cimerola and Thom Bell; con­trac­tor Kris Kirk­patrick; and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Con­nie Renn break ground on Hid­den Mead­ows on the Ridge’s new ex­pan­sion.

Hid­den Mead­ows on the Ridge mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Con­nie Renn shares plans for the new build­ing.

Hid­den Mead­ows on the Ridge is now ready to ex­pand and add an­other build­ing.

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