Retirement community in South Portland offers all-inclusive living

    Sable Lodge Retirement Community (WGME)

    SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- A retirement community in South Portland is offering residents 55 and older all-inclusive living.

    When people move into Sable Lodge Retirement Community they leave bills, cooking and chores at the door.

    "It's a new concept in senior retirement communities," says Community Manager Rita Bell. "It's a whole new trend and we're the first in New England, so we're real excited about that."

    Bell says Sable Lodge is ideal for seniors of all ages.

    "This isn't just about seniors who are older and compromised or need care, it's about all different levels of seniors," Bell says.

    She says one monthly payment covers everything from rent for a new apartment, to housekeeping, to freshly cooked meals.

    "It's very much a home where you can come down and eat pretty much when you want to," says Bell, "Of course everything has to be structured and we do have meal times, but there's always something available."

    That was a big factor for Carmen Girard, who moved to Sable Lodge from Westbrook in April.

    "I fell in love with the dining area and how there was no cooking involved anymore," says Girard, "And then they offered us a housekeeper and you know, these were things that getting up in age you're looking to take away, so I don't have to do it anymore."

    There's also a 150-seat theater, and a Main Street with a bank, Hannaford store, salon and fitness center.

    Resident Patrick Caron says the biggest selling point for him was the price.

    "I researched about 10 retirement homes in the local area, Kennebunk, Biddeford, Saco, and this was by far the best deal I could ever find," says Caron.

    Bell says prices range from $2,895 for a studio up to $5,200 a month.

    "That cost is everything, so different from having a home where you're paying your taxes," she says, "You're buying food, you're hiring people to do your property and plowing."

    "Actually it's very reasonable if you stop and think about it," adds Girard, "And then you don't have the snow shoveling and all of those kind of things."

    Sable Lodge, run by Resort Lifestyle Communities, also has free transportation and 24/7 concierge services. It's located at 74 Running Hill Road in South Portland and the phone number is 207-517-9750.

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