Shirley Drazen, 90-year-old Coachman Square resident, gave First Selectman Ellen Scalettar a tour of the senior living community. First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recently visited Coachman Square to learn more about the senior living community on Bradley Road. The First Selectman has been visiting local businesses to highlight them as part of the “Shop Woodbridge, Dine Woodbridge, Try Woodbridge” campaign. The visits are designed to highlight Town businesses and to foster economic development in Woodbridge. Additionally, the Town’s Economic Development Commission has been inviting businesses to its monthly meetings in order to learn about those businesses.
Drazen showed Scalettar the library stocked with large print books and daily copies of the New York Times and New Haven Register; the pub where beer, wine and happy hour snacks are served in the afternoon; the ice cream parlor; the private dining room where residents can host family dinners or other events; the dining room that serves three meals daily; the activities room where bridge, bingo, arts lessons, weekly manicures and more are held; and the beauty parlor. “I can see why you’re so happy here, but how’s the food?” Scalettar asked Drazen. “I’ve gained 10 pounds, so obviously it’s not too bad,” she joked in reply.
Coachman Square’s new executive director, Wendy Kaufman, explained to Scalettar that Coachman residents live in rental apartments. There’s no large up-front financial commitment and monthly rent is on a sliding scale, based on the size of the apartment (studio, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom) and the amount of care needed. “We can do everything from no care to total care,” Kaufman said. The community provides 24-hour nursing oversight and is designed so that residents can age in place.
Mary DeGennaro, Director of Professional Outreach, added, “We see people who come in who are totally independent and still drive. We have other residents who come in and are totally dependent.”
“This is a very active, independent living community,” Kaufman told Scalettar. “Many of our residents still drive. They read the New York Times. They discuss current events.”
They also get out into the community: Coachman provides transportation for shopping, doctor’s appointments and social trips, like trips to the Yale University Art Gallery, plays and movies. Coachman Square also provides resources for Woodbridge residents who don’t live at Coachman, including support groups and other events.
For more information about Coachman Square, visit benchmarkseniorliving.com.
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Pictured: First Selectman Ellen Scalletar and Shirley Drazen