Woodlands Senior Living, a Maine-based, family-owned-and-operated assisted living and memory care provider, broke ground today on its newest facility. Woodlands Memory Care of Bridgton, to be located at 200 North High Street, will be Woodlands’ tenth location and sixteenth community in Maine. Woodlands is planning a 48-bed community for individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related memory impairments.

“There is nothing more important to families than making sure their loved ones are given high-quality care,” said Matthew Walters, managing member of Woodlands Senior Living. “Memory care is very specialized, and requires a deep understanding of the structure, environment, and safety that will keep residents and their families as comfortable as possible. The new Bridgton community will be purpose-built, meaning it is being built specifically for memory care services. This allows us to use the latest technology and techniques to ensure the highest possible quality care for residents of this community.”

The Bridgton community will be 24,000 square feet, employ 30+ people, and will feature the latest developments for memory care, including abundant natural light, home-scaled areas for resident engagement, and safety systems. Woodlands Memory Care of Bridgton will be Woodlands’ second location in Cumberland County and is expected to include on-site amenities such as a beauty salon, a physical and occupational therapy center, and a large outside courtyard. Like its other communities, Woodlands Memory Care of Bridgton will accept both private paying and MaineCare eligible individuals and families.

“The project we are here to celebrate today is more than just an assisted living facility – it’s a path to keep our aging loved ones closer, job opportunities for our nursing students at Lake Region Adult Ed and it is another stepping stone of growth in our community,” said Bridgton Town Manager, Robert A. Peabody, Jr. “As many of you know, a tax increment financing agreement was approved by the voters. This TIF support will help fund infrastructure improvements that will enhance health and safety such as sidewalk construction, crosswalk signals, intersection improvements and wastewater expansion. It will also fund recreational improvements to the Town Hall.”

Woodlands Senior Living started in 1980 with a 39-resident boarding home in Hallowell. The organization has since grown to include 16 communities in 10 locations with the addition of Bridgton. The company was recently included in the 2021 Argentum & Lument Largest Providers Report, which provides data and information on 150 of the largest senior living providers in the United States. Woodlands ranked at #131 on the list, and is the only Maine-based senior living provider to make the 2021 list. Woodlands was also honored earlier this year with the Large Business Kenney Award from the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Woodlands Memory Care of Bridgton is expected to open in the fall of 2022.