Longwood, FL, Oct. 1, 2011 – More than 200 area dignitaries, community officials and senior living industry professionals joined Sonata Senior Living in celebrating the grand opening of its new memory care assisted living community, Serenades by Sonata last month.  Located on Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Serenades is the first memory care assisted living community to open in Longwood in 13 years. The state-of-the-art, purpose-built community features compassionate person centered care delivered by a highly trained team, award-winning memory care programming, and 42 residential suites located in three intimate neighborhoods.

The Grand Opening Celebration began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Sonata Senior Living CEO Stuart Beebe, Seminole County Regional Chamber President Frank Hale, Longwood Mayor Joe Durso and Serenades by Sonata Executive Director Julie Fernandez cut the ceremonial ribbon.

Guests enjoyed a progressive dinner while touring the community. Tour highlights included:

  • A visit to each of the three distinct residential neighborhoods
  • Resident room models
  • Neighborhood Reflections Room
  • Information of the community’s innovative safety features and technologies including smartboards and Apple TV.

“At Serenades by Sonata, seniors with memory challenges find the care, services, amenities and programs to live an independent a life as possible,” says Shelley Esden, Senior Vice President of Operations at Sonata Senior Living. “Ultimately, our goal is to ensure they also enjoy a meaningful and fulfilling lifestyle.”

Carolyn Sithong, OTR/L, SCEM, an area occupational therapist specially certified in environmental modifications and guest at the grand opening, said she found Serenades warm and inviting throughout every environmental aspect. “Architecturally and culturally every area, every niche and every staff member resounded a person-centered theme,” she said. “Our loved ones who live through the difficulties of dementia will, without a doubt, experience home as it relates to comfort and wellbeing at Serenades.”

She adds, “To visit Serenades is to experience home. We know that those who suffer from dementia never lose their ability to feel comfort, love and security – at Serenades, they will. Providing an environment like Serenades allows our community to have a home for people with memory loss, where they can safely live with dignity and new opportunity.”

About Serenades by Sonata         

Located at 425 S. Ronald Reagan Boulevard (1/4-mile south of SR 434), Serenades by Sonata is the first dedicated memory care assisted living community to be built in Seminole County since 1998.  Now open, the $8.6 million, 34,000 square- foot community features 42 private and shared memory care suites and employs 41 people.  For more information please call 407-951-6450 or visit us at www.serenadesbysonata.com.           

About Sonata Senior Living  

Sonata Senior Living is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonata Health Care, LLC. Based in Orlando, FL., Sonata is an owner, developer and operator of senior living communities offering independent living, assisted living and memory care.  The Sonata team is comprised of experienced senior housing executives who have been instrumental in the development and operations of more than 20 Central Florida senior housing communities.

For more information call 407-286-6490.

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