Grand opening of new senior living community leaves guests in awe

Director of sales, Robin Wakefield gives gusts a tour and answers questions. Photo by Devante J. Carroll

The Grove at Canopy held a grand opening for a new senior living community on Thursday. The community is owned by Starling Living, which is dedicated to luxury and resort-style amenities for senior citizens who can feel right at home. Starling Living has communities in Ponte Vedra, Memphis, TN, Montgomery, AL, and its sister property in Jacksonville.

The new community will provide independent and assisted living as well as memory and respite care. These will help seniors who need assistance while recovering from surgeries, family style dining experiences, engagement activities, meal preparation, laundry and taking daily medication.

The jaw-dropping facility  is similar to a five-star hotel and even a cruise ship with everything the seniors could ask for.  Robin Wakefield, director of sales, expects the facility to be a success.

“Although it is true that we can meet most of the residents’ needs, we offer transportation to appointments and activities around the city if they are unable to drive because we have 24-hour staff,” she said.

The community offers food that will cater to the senior diet by culinary director and chef Deane Bess with help from his culinary team. Other amenities are Silver Salons and Spas, which is dedicated for the senior living community.  Regional manager of Silver Salons and Spas, Maryann Chadwick, said it it is important  for seniors to still have that sensational emotion of feeling and looking beautiful. “Even though the majority of them are far up in age, it’s still a pleasure to make them look beautiful by doing their hair and that’s why I’ve been a hairdresser for 30 years,” Chadwick said. “You have to be witty in a way to make the seniors feel special and take their mind off any pain they may be feeling and in return their day is made.”

The grand opening included a ribbon cutting ceremony in which the ribbon was cut by executive director Karla Neithammer and Will Morgan, president of Vestcor Communities.

Tours were provided throughout the opening every 20 minutes for guests as well as answered questions.

Wakefield noted it is important for seniors to stay active.

“Through science and technology we have learned that brain stimulation is a key factor in not only longevity but also quality of life,” Wakefield said. “Seniors that manage to stay active in hobbies, interests and engage with either family or with the community on average lead a much more balanced and fulfilled life. The objective is to make them feel they have a sense of purpose.”

According to, seniors prefer senior living communities because it puts an end to stressful driving, better food, safety, they feel like themselves again, improved family relationships, new friends, no stress with home or yard work and the vanquishing of boredom.

The Grove at Canopy is another added piece of luxury living in Tallahassee. The property possesses more than the seniors could ask for.

The Northeast community is located at 2601 Crestline Road.