'One-stop shop' senior living facility opens in Northeast Philadelphia

'You can walk around and feel safe.'

Justin Udo
June 04, 2018 - 2:25 pm
The Apartments at St. Bart's

Justin Udo

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new affordable housing complex in Northeast Philadelphia is taking an innovative approach to senior living. The site of the former St. Bartholomew Catholic School in Frankford is now home to the latest facility operated by NewCourtland Senior Services.

Silvia Boswell with NewCourtland says the seven-story independent living apartment complex also features a LIFE Center that provides some unique healthcare services. (LIFE stands for "living independently for elders.")

"It is actually what I consider one-stop shopping for senior care," Boswell said. "This center is extremely important, because it allows seniors to remain in the community, independent as they want to be, and be able to receive the supportive services they need."

She added, "They can have meals here, there is adult programming here, there is a clinic here, staffed with physicians and registered nurses. We have a wellness center for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy. We provide medication. We do a host of supportive services."

Residents at the Apartments at St. Bart's
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Preston Wakefield a resident at NewCourtland says the amenities are second to none.

"I can go and exercise, because I've had two knee replacements, so I want to be able to exercise more," Wakefield said. "You can walk around and feel safe."

Boswell says they plan on opening two more senior living facilities. One will be in the far northeast section of the city, the other in Germantown.