Meadow Ridge Opening a New Assisted Living Neighborhood

Twenty brand-new apartment homes opening in a distinctive senior living community.
Meadow Ridge Assisted Living grand opening ceremony
June '22

REDDING, CT—The brand-new Assisted Living neighborhood at Meadow Ridge, a senior living community in Redding, CT, will officially open with a special ribbon-cutting event on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

The Assisted Living community will feature 20 generously sized one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment homes. This community accommodates up to 28 residents, who will benefit from the availability of personalized care and a team of dedicated associates who ensure residents get individual assistance with an experience that offers the highest level of amenities and services.

Julia Pemberton, First Selectman, will be on site for the ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside Meadow Ridge campus Executive Director Christopher Barstein, Chief Executive Officer of Senior Care Development David Reis and the longest tenured resident of Meadow Ridge, Enid Busch who will be the first resident in the Assisted Living neighborhood.

The brand-new Assisted Living neighborhood provides residents of the community a lifestyle that offers a perfect balance of independence and assistance. Refined and stately, the new apartment homes are more spacious than traditional assisted living apartment homes and are set in an elegant and welcoming boutique-style community, offering access to shared spaces with several dining venues serving farm-to-table cuisine, an auditorium hosting live performances, a well-stocked library, an indoor pool and sauna, and a fitness center providing personal training and group exercise classes. The Meadow Ridge grounds feature a dog park, tennis court, croquet court, putting green, bocce court, hiking trails, fishing pond, and gardening areas. Meadow Ridge is one of Connecticut’s most comprehensive continuing care retirement communities, set within 136 acres amongst rolling hills and offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and award-winning Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.

In 2022, Ridge Crest, the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation neighborhood at Meadow Ridge, received the highest rating from U.S. News & World Report for its short- and long-term nursing care. U.S. News remains at the forefront of providing data-driven information and guidance to help residents, families and caregivers understand their short- and long-term care options.

A special feature of the project involved taking the previous assisted living unit and converting it into a specialized memory care neighborhood specifically designed for residents who are experiencing different forms of dementia. From the memory care layout to lighting, dining and activities, each element is modeled to function with these residents’ unique needs in mind. The lighting will be warmer to help combat sundowning—or late-day confusion that may affect people with dementia—and the apartments offer a studio-style layout, so residents have everything they need in view and there’s less of a chance they will become disoriented from walking into another room.

Roughly 30 new associates have been hired to work in the updated community, with additional positions opening regularly. All memory care associates will be trained in behavioral expression to teach them how to best understand and fulfill the residents’ needs.

“Memory impairment often causes a decline in communication and social skills, as well as decline in the ability for the individual to perform many tasks they face in daily life. said Chris Barstein, executive director of Meadow Ridge. Our new neighborhood is planned to reduce situations and obstacles that may cause stress in residents, enhancing their quality of life. This is a safe and secure neighborhood, so our resident’s family members can have peace of mind along with the person-centered care designed to meet the needs of their loved one.”

Sales counselors will be available for personalized tours of the Meadow Ridge Assisted Living neighborhood. Reserve your spot by calling 203-544-7777 or visiting


About Meadow Ridge

Located in Redding, CT, Meadow Ridge is a distinctive retirement community for discerning individuals seeking a fresh perspective on senior living. The scenic landscape provides the best of Connecticut country living, located close to all conveniences. Offering apartment homes that are well appointed and generous, floor plans range from 850 to 2,600 square feet. Meadow Ridge offers world-class amenities, gourmet dining experiences and an abundance of weekly programs. Additionally, at Meadow Ridge, you will find Ridge Crest, the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation neighborhood. The short-term rehabilitation and long-term care at Ridge Crest are rated among the best by U.S. News & World Report, offering comprehensive treatment plans that include healthcare, therapy, recreation, and dining.


About Benchmark

Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast, providing independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care options in 63 communities across seven states. The Waltham-based company’s core values of Called to Care, Better Together and Be the Benchmark guide its mission to stay connected to who and what matters most: our residents, their families, and our associates. Benchmark is one of only two companies to be named to the Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work all 13 years that the honor has been given. Throughout its history, Benchmark has continually been recognized as a top workplace. The Great Place to Work Institute certified Benchmark for two straight years, and the company earned a place on FORTUNE’s 50 Best Workplaces in Aging Services list each of the two years that the magazine published the list.