/ Community News /
September 13, 2019
Connecticut State Representatives Anne Dauphinais and Rick Hayes recently visited Westview Health Care Center as well as the site of Country Living at Westview Commons—the soon-to-be-built independent and assisted living community in Dayville, CT. The pair of State House Members began by touring the skilled nursing facility and met with some of the residents and patients—many of whom are constituents of Mrs. Dauphinais and Mr. Hayes in their representation of the 44th and 51st districts respectively.
Local leaders continue to take interest in the construction occurring at 117 Ware Road, and on a warm September day the leadership of Westview Commons invited them to view the accelerating progress. The 75-unit 115,000 sq.ft. structure is situated on the corner across from Westview Health Care Center, where Administrator David Panteleakos and Westview Commons Executive Director Donna Copeland hosted the conversation. Additionally, the group traveled to the model unit located across the street from the future location of the main building.
This two-story house at 124 Ware Road, Dayville, CT contains two complete model units that accurately represent—in both size and layout—what finished and furnished residences will be like. David T. Panteleakos especially appreciated the time that they took to learn more about this upcoming prospect for senior living in Northeastern Connecticut. “I am always pleased to meet with our local and national lawmakers to share the Westview story,” stated David T. Panteleakos, Executive Vice President for Country Living at Westview Commons and Administrator/CEO for Westview Health Care Center. “Both Representative Dauphinais and Representative Hayes were kind enough to take the campus tour and discuss the issues affecting our residents and employees.”
The presentation for the visiting State Representatives highlighted the many aspects of the project, including: why this was being built, how the construction was taking place with locally sourced materials and labor, who in our community can benefit from this living opportunity, and where this expansive 32 acre campus is developing in a quiet section of Dayville woods. As the senior demographic increases among the citizens of Killingly, Plainfield, Putnam, Thompson, Woodstock (and across America) the visit emphasized the importance of properly addressing the growing needs of our aging population.
Both Representative Dauphinais and Representative Hayes have multiple areas of interest that lend to their understanding of the value of adding an asset like this to our community. Representative Hayes spent decades with the Putnam Police force, retiring as Chief of Police in 2006. He additionally served 25 years as the Thompson Fire Marshall, and through all of this he has gained a firm understanding of the needs of the community, and how to help its individuals live healthy, safe, productive lives. The presentation for Westview Commons was sure to include details about the safety protocols being built into the structure.
Representative Hayes is endorsed by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association and he was keen on learning how the vertical integration between Westview Health Care Center and Westview Commons benefits those providing care and services as well as those who receive it. The background of Representative Dauphinais is also an asset in her role serving the community, and furthermore, for her comprehension of the needs that Country Living at Westview Commons is addressing. Anne served as a Registered Nurse at Windham Hospital and continues to work in the health care industry; giving her knowledge and experience in the delivery and planning of care. Additionally, she currently serves on the Appropriations, Housing, and Public Safety and Security Committees in the Connecticut General Assembly.
The leaders of Westview Commons were sure to illustrate the ways that this is a positive move for seniors looking for relaxed, elegant lifestyles in addition to the ways this is a strong business development in the quiet corner. Country Living at Westview Commons projects to be complete by Autumn 2020. Until then, interested individuals are encouraged to drive by the construction site to see the progress or to make an appointment with Donna Copeland to view the model unit.