New senior living center uses technology to help residents

FT. MYERS, Fla – It’s not what you imagine when you think about a 55 and older community.

Amavida is a 460 bed resort style living center on Gladiolus Drive will cater to seniors who may have varying levels of needs.

“That care environment will run all the way from someone whose independent to someone in memory care,” said President of senior living for Amavida, Colin Marshall.

That includes people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

In addition to the one on one care these patients receive, they are given special watches. The devices, known as Skynet, allow them to be tracked in the event they get lost.

They can also call for help and staff will know their exact location.

“I think its great, because if you do fall, all you have to do is press a button and someone will come and get you, it’s very helpful and reassuring,” said future resident Joanne Compton.

The staff at Amavida say this technology is just one of many aspects of their community that allow seniors to live an independent life style, yet still have someone nearby to help if they need it.

Swimming, a gym, and access to Lakes Regional Park, are all part of the amenities residents will enjoy, as is round the clock care for those who aren’t as active.

“There is definetly a demand for these types of environments, the demand has been steadily increasing, while our elder population has been increasing, it’s going to continue for probably the next 15 years,” said Marshall.

Amavida officially opens December 1st.