August 30, 2022

Member Spotlight – Ávila Retirement Community

Ávila is the Capital Region’s premier independent retirement community for seniors seeking an active, engaging and rewarding lifestyle. Ávila was built in two phases Grande Lodge and the Cottages were built in 2004 and The Lodge was built in 2011.  Avila’s logo originated from the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly found in the Pine Bush.   

Nestled in the Pine Bush area, Ávila residents enjoy visits from turkey and other wildlife while just minutes away from area shopping, restaurants and cultural attractions, and even medical services. 

Amenities are abundant at Ávila, too! The aquatic center, activity rooms and state-of-the-art fitness facilities all cater to the on-the-go, health-conscious senior. Easily accessible community gardens, hobby studio, and entertainment rooms offer our residents unlimited opportunities to socialize, learn and pursue their passions. Combine that with Ávila’s world-class dining options from elegant to casual, dine in or take out, every taste and dietary need is fulfilled. 

Ávila is known for collaborating with area organizations and businesses to broaden offerings for our residents!   

PRN  Rehabilitation Services offers, physical, occupational and speech therapy if the resident moves in from a rehab or hospital situation and Barbara Howansky; of “Fit by Barb” follows up with one on one and group fitness programs and aqua (aqua motion , and Hydro riders) classes in our pool. Marquis Home Health is among one of the providers who offer home care when the need arises allowing our residents to safely  maintain their impendence when recovering from illness (most often associated with a fall or surgery) area pharmacies deliver to Avila including, who was the first to respond when, Avila residents were in need of vaccinations with regard to covid.  They keep in touch regularly and participate in ‘Wellness Wednesdays”.   

Our Resident Service Advisor, Karen Meemken; LMSW typically identifies a presenter who offers presentations focused on age related topics reaching out to agencies such as American Nurses Association. 

When it comes to educational offerings, our Event & Transportation Coordinator, Erich Steiner collaborates with entities such as U-Call, and to facilitate guest speakers, local entertainers and schedules visits to theatre, restaurants and cultural venues. 

Ávila is truly focused on matching housing options to your lifestyle needs to create a more personalized, comfortable, and familiar independent “lifestyle” experience.  As Don S. states “We considered a number of Capital Region independent living communities. One visit to Ávila, and we were sold. It wasn’t just Ávila’s centralized location and proximity to cultural events and venues, it was the welcoming, comfortable, and homey feeling we immediately felt.” 

 The spirit and culture of Ávila is led by Donna Smith, CEO.  One of the nicest comments a resident has said about her was “Because Donna goes above and beyond in her advocacy and care of seniors, their families, and their caregivers, she finds ways to connect to the soul of the senior and helps them to connect to the world.”  Donna and Ávila are new members of the Chamber and is looking forward to hosting the Ambassador Group in September.