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Waldfogel Health Center Slated to Open in September

Aviv Centers for Living says its $35 million expansion project of its Peabody campus is ready to open in September.

Aviv Centers for Living has come a long way from its modest roots as the Jewish Convalescent Home in Lynn 67 years ago.

Over the years, that nonprofit entity greatly expanded its care of the elderly, built multiple facilities and changed its name to Jewish Rehabilitation Center for Aged of the North Shore with a home base in Swampscott. The name changed again in 2010 shortly before plans were revealed to .

And now, Aviv is set to unveil a for senior care off Lynnfield Street next month. Aviv spokesperson Liz Polay-Wettengel says the 120,000-square-foot Waldfogel Health Center will be officially opening Sept. 9. That same day, all patients at Aviv's two Swampscott facilities will also be relocated over to Peabody.

“This is a historic milestone for Aviv Centers for Living. We are pleased to be able to continue to offer the highest level of services to our residents, patients and clients. More than ever before, we can enrich the life of each of our residents and program participants, so that each may continue to live his or her life with a sense of meaning and purpose,” said Aviv President and CEO Stephen Neff in a press release.

The new health center is a $35 million four-story facility added on to one corner of the existing campus that's home to . Aviv officials have touted the project as one that rounds out the organization's services for seniors and they also said last year when ground was broken on this project that they would like to add a third facility the site in the future.

These days, Aviv's services include short-term rehab, skilled nursing, memory services, assisted living, adult day health, geriatric care management and home care.

The new health center has 144 beds and 108 private rooms designed as a shared household setting. The top three floors have three households each and each one has 12 private rooms, two semi-private rooms, a common living room, parlor, dining area and kitchen. In the addition to the living quarters, sub-acute care is on the second floor, post-acute services on the third floor and skilled nursing services on the top floor.

The first floor will house an early learning center, Alzheimer’s and memory care and the Jewish Historical Society with the intent of providing intergenerational activities and programming.

"We also bring with us to our new campus both the history and the future. This is emphasized with two strong campus partnerships: the Jewish Heritage Center will be housed in our campus to showcase our rich past, and a beautiful space has been created for the North Suburban JCC’s preschool/early childhood program," said Polay-Wettengel.

The center will also include an adult learning center, gym space, kosher dining, outdoor gardens and walkways. For more information, visit www.avivliving.org.

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