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By Dawn Klavon
Sponsored by Potomac Place
Offering assisted living, memory care, and independent living, Potomac Place retirement community is celebrating 35 years of service to the Woodbridge community. Their mission since day one has centered on a foundation of support, a focus on family, and a commitment to dignity, according to co-founder Mary Elyn McNichols. Along with her husband, Robert, McNichols created Potomac Place in Woodbridge in 1987 as a place for seniors in the region to call home.
The community opened with just 12 residents and has grown tremendously. Assisted living services were added in 1990, and later, services expanded to include memory care and on-site rehabilitation services.
“The community now offers over 100 apartments for seniors, but through the growth, we have remained committed to our hometown, family-style approach to service,” said Amy Teets, Executive Director of Potomac Place.
She added, “The staff, the residents and their loved ones are like a real family. Even seniors who seemed reserved or hesitant at first really blossom here through our activities and the new friendships they form. They become engaged in community life versus being lonely at home.”
Potomac Place is a vibrant community where the residents make the choices about how they want to enjoy their time while receiving personalized care that promotes independence. As Teets explained, “Residents are able to participate in activities that highlight their physical, social, and creative abilities while receiving the care and support they need.”
Potomac Place enjoys a notable longevity of compassionate caregivers and staff, consistency from the owners and management, and a well-established reputation of excellence and quality care. Add to that their enviable location near hospitals and first responders, but still close to nearby shops, places of worship, and entertainment options. Residents love the combination of outstanding location and beautiful campus.
The community offers a unique and tranquil setting, tucked away in a quiet, wooded neighborhood, excellent for residents with small pets. Large windows, private balconies and patios allow residents to enjoy the creek and other scenic views. The senior living community boasts many attractive features and provides the area’s best value for assisted living apartments, offering the largest square footage apartments in the area.
Potomac Place prides itself on being a “hometown” community and maintains longstanding local partnerships with Sentara Hospital (dating back to the Potomac Hospital days), Prince William County Chamber of Commerce, the Alzheimer’s Association, first responders, and outstanding military/veterans’ programs.
Throughout their 35-year history, the team at Potomac Place has believed staying connected and building relationships makes life sweeter. Every team member is dedicated to cultivating supportive, trusting relationships with each resident and their family. The team is also invested in fostering strong relationships with the broader community by hosting many family events, holiday celebrations, activities for children, and educational programs that are open to the public.
McNichols also mentioned a vast array of activities and events the facility holds – from music and arts programs, to live entertainment and local outings – offering endless options to residents based on their passions and interests.
“Making residents feel at home starting on day one is critical,” McNichols said. “We have a program in which resident ambassadors are paired up with new residents to help them quickly settle in by introducing them to other residents and staff and inviting them to activities.”
“We’re centered on what we can do to make the last years of their life comfortable and happy and joyous,” she added.
For more information about Potomac Place, visit them at 2133 Montgomery Avenue, Woodbridge, or call 703-494-3817. potomacplace.com
Dawn Klavon is a journalist, author, media director and recent transplant to NOVA. She thrives on juggling multiple projects, discovering local hot spots, consuming blue crab and conquering sudoku puzzles. Dawn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org