By Srianthi Perera

Well-heeled seniors in Gilbert have a new place to spend their golden years with adequate care and near family.

Mariposa Point of Gilbert, a 65,000-square-feet facility for those needing assisted living and memory care, laid out its welcome mat recently. It comprises a total of 83 units with 49 devoted to assisted living and 34 to memory care.

Residents receive three individualized meals per day, light housekeeping and laundry, transportation to shopping and medical appointments, access to a Registered Nurse and to recreational activities, among other services.

The long, rectangular footprint means there are no upper floors, so residents don’t have to ride an elevator or take a staircase to reach their apartments.

“We’re already a third of the way full in memory care,” said Leslie Davis, director of sales and marketing, adding also that 32 of the 83 units were reserved by mid-June. “Dementia, in general, is on the rise.”

The Dallas, Texas-based company McFarlin Group and Surpass Senior Living is opening five properties in the Valley, located near freeways and medical centers.

The Gilbert facility is located across from Mercy Gilbert Medical Center at the southwest corner of Val Vista Drive and the 202 Freeway.

The Mesa location is near Mountain Vista Medical Center, the Phoenix location is near Banner Estrella Medical Center, and the Surprise location is also in the vicinity of medical offices.

The positioning is deliberate, said Matt Johnson, principal of McFarlin Group.

He said that seniors, during the last 5-10 years, have delayed moving into facilities for care.

“They’re moving into assisted living at a much older age with more disease and disability and the residents are getting a lot more care services. A lot of time they come out of a hospital or a rehab facility into assisted living,” Johnson said. “So we like to be located nearby healthcare.”

The company’s fifth property in the Valley will also be in Gilbert. It is soon to break ground on a $40 million project to build 202 units of independent living in a complex nearby to be called The Aspens at Mariposa Point.

The continuum of care campus will enable residents to move to the assisted living or memory care as their needs change, Johnson said.

Mariposa Point Features

As senior living facilities go, Mariposa Point has a few unique features. Among them:

  • Concierge Medicine: The program enables medical personnel to see residents in their own residence.
  • Seven Dimensions of Wellness: Social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, community connections, intergenerational and physical blends occupational pursuits with environmental, cultural and vocations interests. These are adapted from the Six Dimensions of Wellness developed by Dr. Bill Hettler from the National Wellness Institute; the “intergenerational” was added in recognition and support of the important of seniors engaging regularly with other generations, including the very young, teenagers and young adults.
  • Advisory board: A local board of advisors helps increase community connections and keeps the company accountable.
  • One Week University: Every quarter, top professors from the Valley present lectures for a week. The community believes that learning is a life-long process.