Jody Abel Promoted to Executive Director of The Village at Kensington Place

January 12, 2023

MERIDEN, CT—Benchmark Senior Living, the largest senior housing provider in New England, announced earlier this week that Jody Abel of Colchester, CT has been promoted to executive director of The Village at Kensington Place, a Benchmark assisted living and mind and memory care community. She has been with Kensington Place’s sister community, Crescent Point at Niantic, for over eight years as their director of business administration.

Abel brings over 30 years of health care human resources experience to the role. Before joining Benchmark, she was the director of human resources for a local skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility for almost four years.

“Jody has been such a tremendous asset to Benchmark over these past eight years,” said Justin Grady, regional director of operations for Benchmark. “I’m thrilled to have her in this role and know she will help make Kensington Place an even better place to live and work.”

Abel attended Bryant University, where she earned a bachelor’s in human resources with a minor in biology.

“Benchmark felt good from the moment I walked in—and, eight years later, it’s a feeling I still get daily,” said Abel. “Our associates never cease to amaze me with their caring and love for our residents, and I’m so proud to lead our team in my new role.”

Kensington Place has been repeatedly recognized as a Record-Journal Reader’s Choice Best Assisted Living community. It offers traditional senior assisted living and independent assisted living for those who would benefit from a safer, engaging environment; chef-prepared meals; supportive living services; transportation and assistance with daily activities, such as getting dressed and medication management. Residents enjoy connecting over programs and amenities offered in many common spaces, including an art gallery, billiards room, demonstration kitchen, recreation room, library, private dining room and outdoor courtyards with walking paths.

The community also has an award-winning mind and memory care program featuring carefully created living environments and unique opportunities for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia to find joy in each new day. Memory care assisted living residents are supported by 24/7 care providers who have been hired for heart and educated in memory loss, communication and empathy. Neighborhoods provide the comforts of home and have unique features that help those with memory impairment stay connected to who and what matters most to them. Thoughtful touches, visual cues and purposeful amenities further promote familiarity and wellness.

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