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Edelweiss Village Assisted Living Community Groundbreaking Held in West Roxbury; German Vice Consul, Local Officials Dedicate New Facility Slated to Open in Year.

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Edelweiss Village, a new 62-unit assisted living community being built at the Deutsches Altenheim German Centre for Extended Care in West Roxbury, had its groundbreaking ceremony on September 29. The keynote speaker at the event was Maura Hennigan, Councilor-at-Large, and City of Boston. Laura Matten, the Vice Consul, Federal Republic of Germany, was a featured speaker. Nine Edelweiss Village charter enrollees were guests of honor. The celebration featured the music of the Mad Bavarian Band and traditional German foods.

Upon its expected completion in October 2005, Edelweiss Village will house its assisted living apartments in a three-story building on the existing Deutsches Altenheim campus. Currently, there is a 133-bed nursing home on the campus, an outpatient rehabilitation center, and an Adult Day Care Center, jointly run by VNA Care Plus.

The new Edelweiss Village assisted living community will offer three different size apartments and 13 layouts. There will be a range of prices and choice of services available. Every effort is being made to keep costs as affordable as possible, according to Deutsches Altenheim Executive Director Bruce Glass.

William H. Southwick, M.D., Deutsches Altenheim Board of Trustees President, said in his comments at the ceremony, "We think of our new assisted living community as going back to our roots - back to the retirement home concept on which Deutsches Altenheim was founded almost 100 years ago. Edelweiss Village is a more sophisticated version of that concept. It will provide today's seniors with the comforts and independence of an individual home, but on a smaller scale and with different levels of care-giving available. It will be a good place to call home when their own family homes get to be too much for them."

Executive Director Bruce Glass spoke of the increasing need for more assisted living facilities such as Edelweiss Village. "As the population of Boston and our area communities continues to age, we want to be responsive to our seniors' range of needs. Edelweiss Village is one way we are providing for the needs of elders in our community, while the German Centre for Extended Care is another. Having both of these senior living options on the same campus will enable Deutsches Altenheim to offer a continuum of care to residents not possible before."

Edelweiss Village is the culmination of nine years of planning and development. Four independent marketing studies confirmed the need, while an ongoing capital campaign helped provide the funding. Deposits have already been made on several apartments, and the demand is expected to be strong as the facility nears completion. As a result of the expansion, up to 50 new jobs will be added across the board at Deutsches Altenheim when Edelweiss Village opens.

Aberthaw Construction Company of North Billerica is the General Contractor for Edelweiss Village, with financing from The Cooperative Bank and Norwood Savings Bank.

About Deutsches Altenheim

The Deutsches Altenheim community provides skilled nursing, respite care, outpatient rehabilitation, hospice services, post-acute rehabilitation, as well as services for patients with Alzheimer's and related dementias. The organization continues to have a close association with the German-American community, and maintains a German cultural environment. The German Ladies Aid Society of Boston is still its guiding force. It has widely broadened its scope over the years and now serves the larger Greater Boston community and people of all nationalities, races and religions.

Deutsches Altenheim German Centre for Extended Care is located at 2222 Centre Street in West Roxbury. For more information, visit www.germancentre.org, or call 617-325-1230.
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