Hidden Meadows breaks ground on building
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.
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.
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.