Delmar Place is under new management after Atria Senior Living acquired the facility in December.
The assisted living community will now be known as Atria Delmar Place and will be the fourth Atria senior provider in the Albany area. Atria Crossgate, Atria Shaker and Atria Guilderland are already in existence.
“We’re excited to welcome Delmar Place residents and staff to the Atria family,” said John Hartmayer, Regional Vice President for Atria in a statement. “We will continue to focus on providing the high standards of care and service to residents and families in this community that other Atria families across the country have come to know and trust.”
Atria Senior Living facilities can be found in 27 states throughout the country and provide homes to more than 15,000 seniors.
Delmar Place was a privately operated facility before the sale. It is home to 85 residents, with 60 staff members employed at the community home.
Stuart Gorenstein, executive director of Atria Delmar Place, said members of the community and perspective residents can expect little change with the new acquisition.
“Atria is a prominent and well-known senior living provider in the Albany area, and the largest senior living provider in New York. Given their presence in Albany, it made sense for them to further expand their reach and their commitment to local older adults by managing Atria Delmar Place,” he said.
Gorenstein said Atria Delmar Place will always have a hometown atmosphere, unlike many other senior facilities, and they expect to remain fully involved with the Bethlehem community.
“We now just have the resources of a much larger corporation,” he said.
Atria has a quality enhancement program at the national level. They will also be bringing in more resources to train staff, more recipes will be available to the dining room and the activities director can draw from concepts already being done at other Atria communities across the country.
According to Gorenstein, many of these changes are taking place behind the scenes and residents should only see an improvement in their standard of living.
“We’re still going through a transitional period, but I think current residents are really seeing it go smoothly,” he said.
The executive director said the location of Atria Delmar Place is what makes the facility stand out from others, since it is in the middle of town and is in walking distance to the library and Town Hall. This helps many residents not to feel so isolated and that they are still participating members of the community.
“This should be an evolutionary transition for us, not revolutionary,” Gorenstein said. “We want to use this as an opportunity to see how we can best serve our residents.”