The History of Woodbrook Assisted Living Residence

(formerly Home for the Aged, Inc.)




1990 The official, “by invitation” dedication/open house was held on Friday, June 1. The first residents, who were the existing family of residents at Grand Central Avenue, moved to Woodbrook on Monday, June 11. It took just seven years for Woodbrook to grow again.


1997 A 9,000 square foot addition was built. Ten larger rooms/suites, an expanded dinning room/education room, and updates to the activities room allowed Woodbrook to better meet the growing demand for multi-room living spaces.  With this expansion, up to 15 more residents could enjoy the comfortable, quality lifestyle that Woodbrook provides for our community’s older adults. Diane Nowak was Executive Director at that time and held that position for 10 years. Thanks in large part to the vision of past presidents Dennis Fagan and Betsy Dalrymple, along with current president, Art Ambrose, Woodbrook evolved yet again.


2003 “The Expansion” began with ground breaking on September 24. Under the supervision of Art Ambrose, Board President and Laurie Sweeney, Executive Director, along with Edger Enterprises, Fagan Engineers, Foor Associates, Carol Schaper Associates and numerous subcontractors, Woodbrook embarked on a 13,000 square foot addition. This included 11 new deluxe resident rooms with the capacity for up to 15 additional residents. At the same time, the Board of Directors also supported and initiated the renovation of approximately 9,700 square feet of adjacent public areas. The combined projects provided Woodbrook residents with a new Foyer and Grand Living Room, a General Store and Ice Cream Shop, an Atrium with park-like setting, an Activities Room with a full kitchen and computer stations, a renovated and expanded Beauty Parlor, a Private Dining Room, Television Room and Game Room. Other additions included new Administrative Staff offices, a new reception area, a private conference room, an Executive Board Room, several new porches, and improved exterior lighting and landscaping.


2004  The first resident to make her home in the new expanded resident wing moved in on October 18.


2005 This was followed by a very successful Grand Opening attended by community leaders, Board of Directors, Woodbrook residents and their families, along with the general public on April 3. In the fall, the 2,400 square foot dining room space was renovated, including new air conditioning, ceiling/wall lighting and entrance doors, formal window treatments, custom cabinetry with Corian counter tops.


2006 A five-week renovation project transforming 1,850-square feet of Oak Lane was completed in December. Renovations included new decorative lighting, interior finishes, carpets, wall coverings, artwork and accessories for the corridors as well as facelifts and new cabinetry in the Resident Care Aide station, kitchenette, and whirlpool tub room. Also, upgrades to vital Life Safety features to include smoke and fire devices and pull alarms were completed. Sue Oliver of Fagan Engineers served as “Clerk of the Works” on this project. Edger Enterprises served as General Contractor. Subcontractors include Buchanan Inc. Plumbing and Heating, Fire Alarm Service Technologies, Brian’s Custom Floors, Pendleton Painting, Schaper Associates, Mills Electric and Rynone Kitchen & Baths.




Woodbrook is a Certified Wildlife Habitat