WATERTOWN — Newly constructed, The Ivy at Watertown Assisted Living Residential Community, 655 Straits Tpke., has welcomed Jason Rieger of Wallingford as executive director. The Ivy is scheduled to open in February. Mr. Rieger said, “The Ivy is a family-run business, so it is more resident and employee centered. With my first interview, I could tell that this company sincerely cares about every person they hire as team members.”
Mr. Rieger has been hiring the staff required in an assisted living community, from RNs, LPNs and CNAs to reception, housekeeping, activities, dining room and maintenance personnel.
“The number one thing I search for in every job applicant is that he or she is a warm and approachable person,” he said. “Team members who care for residents with compassion and respect and are willing to go the extra mile for the residents and their team members, are the individuals we seek.”
The new executive director will oversee the administration of operations including the amenities and services such as dining, housekeeping, activities, maintenance, transportation, nursing, and wellness plus service providers such as physicians, home health providers, life enhancement professionals and entertainers from the greater Watertown and Middlebury community.
The Ivy at Watertown offers 89 apartments including studios, one- and two-bedroom and a specialized memory support environment called Reflections.
Mr. Rieger’s philosophy of care will be to learn what each resident needs from the community to flourish. “We will welcome people who need very little assistance and want to enjoy the amenities and live in a safe environment plus individuals who will need more hands-on care.”
He added, “Every staff member’s job will be to know each individual resident so well that they can identify any changes in their condition or activities and allow us to offer assistance wherever needed. By truly knowing our residents, we are able to insert assistance as needed and allow them to continue to thrive.”
Mr. Rieger has worked in senior living communities for more than 30 years and has an associate’s degree in business administration, management and operations.
His career path has taken him through the ranks from a director of dining and hospitality services to an administrator.
The Ivy at Watertown’s home-like environment amenities includes dining with local culinary favorites, a movie theater, billiards, outdoor courtyard and patio, and a pub with complimentary snacks and beverages.
One of his passions is memory care for elders because his mother has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease. “It’s absolutely critical for every assisted living community to have an innovative memory care component and The Ivy has Reflections, its signature memory care program. Anything we can do to heighten a person’s quality of life and bring them moments of joy is what we will strive to achieve. Our goal will be to have every interaction produce a positive emotional memory.”
All apartments are designed with daily high-quality personal care services, walk-in showers, cable, phone and internet service, self-service washers and dryers, plus car snow removal services.