Merrill Gardens at Anthem: Local retirement facility celebrates the grand opening of their Anthem facility.

Merrill Gardens at Anthem 

Local retirement facility celebrates the grand opening of their Anthem facility.

By Sondra Barr

Photos by Shannon Fisher

Residents started moving into Merrill Gardens at Anthem in May. Now, they’re officially ready to celebrate their beautiful 85086 community with a grand opening party on Sept. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mix and mingle with residents and neighbors while enjoying food, wine, entertainment, and a tour of the new facility. The ribbon cutting ceremony by the Anthem Area Chamber of Commerce begins at 4:30 p.m., with festivities throughout the event.

With the addition of its newest community here and locations in Goodyear and Gilbert, Merrill Gardens now has 35 operating and development communities, including locations in seven states with the operational capacity to serve over 4,000 residents. As a privately owned and family run company for over 22 years, Merrill Gardens is one of the best in providing independent senior living, assisted living, and memory care.

“Most of our residents moving in are active seniors that either live here in Anthem or are moving from the Phoenix area or from out of state to be closer to their children and their grandchildren,” says Merrill Gardens at Anthem General Manager Krista Solomon.

“We have 93 apartments total, so we’ll have 100 residents––counting our couples––for phase one,” explains Krista. The second phase is expected to be developed within the year.

In addition to serving active seniors, Merrill Gardens at Anthem also has a specialized section called the Garden House that has 12 rooms dedicated to residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias featuring a specialized program catering to their unique needs.

“We want to provide an inspiring environment for our residents,” says Krista. With this in mind, Merrill Gardens at Anthem features soothing architecture that blends with its desert setting. Lovely outdoor areas, including a trellis-shaded patio and an outdoor pool, surround the property and complement the multitude of amenities available. Residents will also enjoy a theater, library, bistro, and large private apartments that include a washer and dryer and full kitchen.

“It’s important to us, as a community and a company, that residents have choice,” explains Krista. This is evident in Merrill Gardens at Anthem’s Enjoy More Anytime Dining program where residents can enjoy freshly prepared and cooked-to-order meals in a restaurant style dining room on their own schedule. They can dine as often as they like, whenever they want.

Merrill Gardens’ commitment to choice doesn’t end there. “We have activities within the community and outside the community. We have happy hour, we have a great fitness program in place with pool aerobics. We want to make sure we’re encompassing physical fitness, mind stimulation with educational resources, cultural arts programs, therapeutic touch through massage, and more,” details Krista. “At Merrill Gardens, we’re passionate about making a difference in the lives of the people who live in our communities.”


Merrill Gardens at Anthem Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Thurs., Sept. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

RSVP by Sept. 7 to (623) 201-4623

2800 W. Rose Canyon Circle, Anthem

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