by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Charter Senior Living CEO and President Keven Bennema and wife Kim, COO Jayne Sallerson, Executive Director Sue Johnson, Marketing Director Amy Klosterman, Vista Development Jack Scolfort, Douglas Company Representatives Keven McCarthy and Al Koch along with the Sylvania Town Crier Mike Lieber and Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michelle Sprott and welcoming committee members John Healey, Carolyn Byersdorf, Bud Crosby, Katie Cappellini, Sylvania Fire Chief Mike Ramm, Betty Bassett, Jan Tidd, Bill Sanford and Shawn Murphy celebrate the ribbon cutting to officially open Charter Senior Living at Oak Openings.

Members of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce’s Welcoming Committee joined Charter Senior Living CEO Keven J. Bennema, his wife, Kim, and members of the executive team and staff to cut the ribbon to officially open the new senior living community. Charter Senior Living of Oak Openings is located at 6735 Sylvania Ave.
Charter Senior Living, is a senior living management company based in Naperville, Ill. The Sylvania facility is the company’s first ground-up property in the portfolio of senior communities the company manages across the U.S. Oak Openings is a one-story, 60-apartment community with a focus on assisted living and memory care needs. The apartments include 24 assisted living suites and 36 memory care suites.
“Based on our feedback from the region, we knew that the need for senior services, especially memory care services, in the Sylvania community were significant. We developed this new senior living resource with a large balance of memory care services and programming to answer that need,” Bennema said.
Charter Senior Living’s exclusive Flourish Memory Care Program addresses the unique needs of residents living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.
“Charter Senior Living of Oak Openings community brings the premier Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss specialists to the Sylvania community,” said Joy Wegand, Charter Senior Living’s Memory Care Specialist. “Charter’s devoted care team and state-of-the-art residences are curated specifically with memory care in mind.”
In addition, to its memory care programming, Oak Openings offers the latest technology and services for its residents, including tools to facilitate communication between residents and caregivers, residential-grade WiFi throughout the entire community and customization of technology for different levels of care. The dining program is a unique farm-to-table concept serving local food through direct acquisition from producers within the region.
Charter Senior Living’s focus on the employee is also unique. In addition to specialized memory care training, all Charter employees receive enhanced customer service and hospitality training resulting in associates relating to residents in a therapeutic, individualized and thoughtful way.
Charter Senior Living of Oak Openings employs over 50 team members from the local community.
Partners in this project include VisCap Development of Dayton, The Douglas Company of Holland, Ohio, and M+A Architects of Columbus and Cincinnati.