The interior of a Dudley Square III patio home.
Episcopal Church Home’s popular Dudley Square neighborhood is expanding with 25 new patio homes for seniors living independently in a retirement community setting.
When the Dudley Square III patio homes are finished, the campus will have 87 patio homes, in friendly area where residents share camaraderie and a variety of activities.
A new beginning
The first new homes should be available for occupancy this fall. Buyers already have signed contracts to claim about two-thirds of them.
Construction crews this week were framing several of the buildings, and laying foundations for others.
The ECH campus “has a wonderful community of neighbors who all look out for each other,” said Bryan Reynolds, vice president of marketing and public relations for Episcopal Retirement Services.
Living in Dudley Square gives residents more proximity to neighbors than most people experience when living in traditional suburban homes that are spaced farther apart.
Friendships that are formed in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are a main reason many residents say they wish they had moved in years earlier.
Here's a recent blog about the benefits of CCRCs.
How they look
ECH has posted images of what the Dudley Square III homes will look like, as well as virtual tours and floor plans. They can be found here.
The additions are part of a transformation of ECH guided by a Master Plan that will lead the campus through the next decade.
A post about the other changes at ECH can be found here.
Fun and dining a stroll away
“They have a wonderful gathering space at the clubhouse now, where they get together for discussions on various topics,” Reynolds said. “And they have wellness classes as well as fun, engaging, and enriching activities.”
The clubhouse opened last fall. In addition to amenities on the ECH campus, such as dining at Grille 75, one of Louisville’s premier shopping areas, Westport Village, is across the street from ECH. It has nice shopping, quality restaurants, even a festival from 2-5 p.m. July 30 called SummerEdit, featuring crafts, food, beer and live music.
Westport Village also is seeing growth: North Lime Coffee & Donuts will have a grand opening Aug. 2, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The updated ECH campus will feature many outdoor amenities.
Continuum of care
Another advantage of living at Dudley Square is if something needs to be repaired in the home, ECH is responsible to fix it, Reynolds said: “We’re the one shoveling the driveways and mowing the lawns so that resdients can enjoy their favorite pursuits.”
Aside from the friendships, recreation and maintenance-free living, there’s also another significant aspect to CCRCs like ECH.
Because Dudley Square is part of ECH, “when people need additional care, they get the priority of those care settings over the people in the broader community,” Reynolds said.
The ECH campus provides several levels of care for aging adults as their health needs change. ECH has a multi-generation reputation in the Louisville market for high-quality care. Here's some info about personal care at ECH.