Posted December 16, 2016 in News
Continuing its mission to respond to the challenges of aging by providing a range of complementary high-grade services, The Village of St. Edward held a dedication ceremony to open its new Memory Care Assisted Living with Elicia Gibbon, Luis Pupo and Rita Amonett representing CCH. With the addition of the 28 dedicated units, The Village of St. Edward has effectively completed the full continuum of senior living and services offered by the community.
The Memory Care addition is designed as a highly therapeutic environment to adapt to the changing needs of memory care residents by ensuring safety and security while supporting their functional abilities through meaningful activities, stimulation, and socialization. The 28 studio and one-bedroom private suites, in two households, have direct access to a secured landscaped terrace and includes a Snoezelen (multi-sensory room) as part of the resident care plan.
To create a therapeutic environment, design decisions were made based on Evidence-Based Design, which draws on documented research and established best practices. Supporting the rhythms of daily living, the memory care addition was planned according to a household model in line with resident-centered care to achieve optimal mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing of not only its residents, but family and staff as well. A key component of person-centered care is blending design and operational elements in households rather than nursing units.
The new addition blends into the community with a modern use of traditional elements such as gabled forms and clapboard siding, creating a transitional aesthetic between the existing buildings. Using whole-person wellness as a design strategy, the architects incorporated such features as expansive windows and high ceilings in the public spaces and suites to create spaces that have abundant natural light and views to nature for both their therapeutic value and overall aesthetic.