November 4, 2021 | News Updates
Trico LivingWell Involves Future Residents In Planning For Active-Living Seniors Community
Trico Group moved its headquarters in June to its newly planned Kingsland Junction campus on Macleod Trail S., a development to be made up of five buildings. Two of those, well under construction, will be the home of Trico LivingWell, an active aging community for older adults who will be able to age with purpose, meaning, self-expression, choice and enjoyment.
“We need to apply heath and wellness expertise with compassion, and an evidence-based approach of what would really improve the quality of life in a seniors community,” says Grace Su, executive director of the LivingWell division of Trico Group. “That’s why every decision we’ve made, from design to building, from active-living programs to caring services, has been focused on that goal, including involving future residents in the decision making.”
One of them, a lady named Olga, says she loves the team at Trico that have involved her and others in planning their future home, including the design of the layout and programs to be offered.
Su joined Wayne Chiu and his Trico companies in April 2014 to oversee his Clover Living, a 129-unit independent and supportive living seniors home in Chinatown.
It is an interesting career change for someone who earned degrees in mathematics and computing at King’s College London, who went on to become the regional director of strategic marketing and operations management at NCR Asia, responsible for offices in 12 countries. But when her first daughter was born, she resigned to be with her husband and child.
They immigrated to Calgary and after her three children had grown up, Su decided it was time to be actively employed again, but this time in a meaningful job where she could be of service to others. She visited The Mustard Seed to ask if they could use her help.
Recognizing her work experience and dedication to assist the less fortunate, she was made project manager for all non-construction related activities at 1010 Centre, the Seed’s 224-unit affordable housing tower, and then moved on to take the position of director of operations at Clover Living.
Earlier this year Su accepted her new role as executive director of the new community in Kingsland, while still overseeing and supporting Clover Living.
One of Calgary’s most respected and innovative homebuilders, Chiu made a commitment that Trico LivingWell at Kingsland Junction would offer residents the very best of places to live, where older adults can redefine aging and live life to the fullest.
The residences will provide 249 aging in place suites, with one floor dedicated to those with memory care needs.
All operations will be managed and overseen by an in-house team. Its respected experts and health-care professionals will be led by Carole Kelley, the director of health and wellness, who has more than 30 years of experience in the field of gerontology and dementia care. Daily care is offered 24/7 by licensed practical nurses.
The design includes many person-centred amenities to create an environment that sustains human health and well-being. There are plenty of opportunities for social interaction — a spa, sauna, fitness centre, spaces for art, music, crafts, lifelong learning and gardening.
One of the many places to meet and enjoy each other’s company will be in the restaurant directed by executive chef Liana Robberecht, an accomplished culinary leader and international speaker who has helmed some of Calgary’s top kitchens, including at the Calgary Petroleum Club and WinSport.
Scheduled to welcome guests by next summer, Su will be soon be hiring her 75 staff that she expects to reach more than 120 when the facility is fully operational.