We like to stand on ceremony at Peabody. We like to recognize milestones and memorable dates. Doesn’t time pass quickly, when one is watching and waiting for The Big Day when Phase II will be complete and the ‘new Peabody’ fully revitalized, emerges from the bricks, dust and construction site that was the former Peabody Home?
The expansion project has been thrown many roadblocks and hurdles but with tenacity and determination, our builders, Engelberth Construction, along with a slew ofsub-contractors and others the pandemic and repercussions thereof have not stood in the way of Peabody Progress.
In some ways, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
A truer word cannot be uttered when thinking about all that Peabody represents: a commitment to quality eldercare, supportive of the aging in place with dignity and respect ideal, nourishing the mind, body and spirits of all who call us home. Now, not only do we continue our mission providing a home like environment for our growing senior population with empathetic, compassionate care delivered by energized, kind and engaged staff; we’ve talked about the Eden Philosophy before, and I can assure you dear reader, it is alive and well, every day at Peabody Place.
April 2nd 2022 was a red letter day for all as a large and burly contingent of Masons from all over New Hampshire arrived with gloves and muscle to move equipment, supplies, and people into our newly built expanded Peabody. Every box packed, and labelled, colour coded by floor “Blue on Two” could be heard in the hallways as men asked where to deliver said item. Beds, furniture, artwork, medical supplies and so much more, settled down onto the 3rd floor: Parkview, the 2nd floor : Riverview and the ground floor: The Courtyard.
Twenty four souls moved out of the Olde Peabody and into the new Peabody Place.
Almost a year to the day when we moved into Phase I of the new and improved Peabody Place, we now look with eager anticipation for the finalized project, and Phase II completion.
Phase II Begins
Engelberth began in earnest demolishing Olde Peabody, carefully setting in neat piles the brick, steel, concrete and wiring. Major site preparations ensued; digging footings, erecting steel, fireproofing girders, building walls, floor, roof, and installing windows, constructing the Port Cochere, inlaying electrical, HVAC, digital, phone and cable access wiring systems.
Interior work is at a feverish pace now with drywall and painting technicians descending along with carpet and vinyl floor installers jostling with the installers of all the fixtures and fittings. It’s an organized dance of the building trades working in concert to keep this project tightly managed. WE certainly appreciate their hard work.
Outside you see the work of the stonemasons as they lay intricately placed rock that will wrap around the building and grace the columns of the entryway. It’s a special craft and brings such beauty to the new Peabody.
The 3rd and 2nd floors will house 16 Independent Living Apartments. Director of Admissions & Marketing advises “there is a small window of opportunity with a few apartments available on the second floor.” Call Marylee Gorham for details.
The ground floor will have simply gorgeous appointments, a parlour with views of Winnipesaukee River and Odell Park, a coffee shop/gift shop, library, hairdresser/barber, lovely dining room with a private dining space separated by hand crafted barn doors built with reclaimed wood from trees we had to fell to make room for Peabody Place. You will find a warm and welcoming home that is both comfortable, and designed in a way that not only supports residents but invites inclusion of our neighbours. The Media Room on the east corner facing the river lends itself to community gatherings and activities that will invite in those from the surrounding cities and towns
We aren’t finished yet, what is now our temporary lobby will be reconfigured a the Wellness center, and will offer a myriad of health and wellness initiatives in addition to fun and inclusive exercise programming for our residents.
Lastly, it isn’t too late to join the family. Our Assisted Living options still have a select number of suites not currently occupied – see floor plans https://peabody.place/life-at-peabody/floor-plans/.
With round the clock care provided by licensed staff, chef prepared meals, the social whirl of Peabody Place, and full housekeeping and laundry services all rolled in, not to mention the comfort and peace of mind that comes with knowing help is but a call button away, consider Peabody Place.
Eventually everyone comes home to Peabody.