Mercer Hill luxury retirement community is inspired by downtown Doylestown

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The Township of Doylestown has a new art studio, cinema, music conservatory, pub, lounge and steak house.

To participate, you must be 62 years of age or older.

Mercer Hill in Doylestown promises a luxury retreat in a sprawling neighborhood designed to resemble Doylestown’s Main Street.

Across the United States, operator Merrill Gardens is building senior residences that may be more like hotels for business travelers.

The most recent development of Merrill Gardens began in July 2019 off South Easton Road in the township. This community of 164 units will also have a general store, post office, outdoor patio and fire pit, lavender field and horse.

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Mercer Hill in Doylestown, a 164-unit retirement home, will open in November.  The facility will offer on-site amenities to its residents including a movie theater, general store and pub in an interior setting inspired by Main Street.

The developers are playing on a rapidly growing population of retirees who want more than a good game of bingo.

By 2050, one in five Americans could be 65 and over, according to the U.S. census. Currently, some 811,000 Americans live in about 28,000 elderly communities in the United States, estimates the CDC.

In Pennsylvania, 64% of senior residents are 86 and older and 40% have Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia, according to the National Center for Assisted Living.

Mercer Hill’s first tenants in Doylestown could move in by November, property manager Deb Bodnar said.

A model studio at Mercer's in Doylestown. [MICHELE HADDON / PHOTOJOURNALIST]

The retirement home boasts of its proximity to Doylestown’s shops and restaurants and local architecture. The community cinema is modeled after the County Theater in Doylestown and the activity center designed to resemble the Joseph Ambler Inn. The senior living center pub will look like the Doylestown Inn, a doctor’s office is inspired by Court Street Town Hall, and the outside of the living room will look like the Paper Unicorn store on Main Street.

Mercer Hill said the campus will be for those seeking independent living, part of assisted living and a memory care section will be limited to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Independent living starts at $ 2,750 per month and includes three meals a day, weekly housekeeping, basic cable, and community activities. Personal care starts at $ 4,800 per month. Memory care ranges from $ 5,000 to $ 7,475.

In memory care, you don’t just deal with dementia, but also anxiety and depression, ”Bodnar said. “We will create safe spaces. So you can do it on the walking trail. You can engage in activities and we will have reminiscence activities. “

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