Cornerstone at Canton welcomes pioneer residents

Phyllis McDonnell cuts the red ribbon on her first day at Cornerstone while members of the community's staff looks on. (Courtesy of Senior Living Residences)

Phyllis McDonnell cuts the red ribbon on her first day at Cornerstone while members of the community’s staff looks on. (Courtesy of Senior Living Residences)

After over a year of non-stop construction, Cornerstone at Canton, the area’s newest assisted living community, officially opened its doors to residents on June 1. The community, located at 175 Revere Street, is managed by Senior Living Residences of Boston.

“It is truly a wonderful experience to see our community come to life,” said Executive Director Michael Schaus. “A building this beautiful needs residents to enjoy it, so we literally rolled out the red carpet for each of our new residents on their move-in day.”

The team at Cornerstone at Canton, which will become home to nearly 100 seniors, has dozens of move-ins already scheduled for this month.

“Our move-in days are such a joyous occasion,” said Annie Bourget, the community’s resident care director and longtime team member at Senior Living Residences. “Many of our new residents have been anxiously awaiting this day so it is really fun to break out the champagne, toast to their new home, and watch everyone become acquainted with one another. I also really enjoy seeing how the residents decorate their apartments; you get to learn so much about them.”

“Opening a new community is exciting for residents, too,” Schaus added. “They really get involved with creating the clubs and activities they want to have — book groups, Facebook classes, walking clubs, knit and crotchet nights, whatever activities suit their interests — they design it, we implement it.”

Cornerstone at Canton’s 25-unit, service-enhanced Compass Memory Support Neighborhood is open as well. Affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, the program focuses solely on those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and related memory impairments.

“Compass at Canton’s programming is highly specialized,” said Program Director and Senior Living Residences veteran Michelle Boiardi. “We believe that a person should be recognized and celebrated, and not defined by their diagnosis. Compass does this in a number of ways and through a variety of programs, like our Reconnections program and our Lifetime Achievement Award. We want to enable our residents, and all who come into contact with them, to see the rich, varied, wise, loving, profound human beings that they are. We are so excited to bring this program to Canton.”

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