Grandview Terrace’s Assisted Living project is the last phase of a multi-million dollar, top-to-bottom renovation of the Grandview Terrace Health and Rehabilitation campus — previously known as Grandview Care Center. A skilled nursing unit, a sub-acute rehabilitation unit and an indoor-therapy pool in the rehabilitation department were remodeled. Construction crews also built a 16-suite memory support residence, designed specifically for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
The second floor of the two-story residence contains one two-bedroom, 13 one-bedroom and six studio suites, each with a kitchenette, full bath and ample closet space. The one and two-bedroom suites also feature a living room. The second floor also includes a lounge with fireplace, a business center, several gathering spaces, a community refreshment area and a fitness area.
The ground floor features an artfully designed entrance, a Starbucks cafe, a gift shop, movie theater, chapel/library, spa and salon area, as well as a restaurant-style dining room and large multipurpose room, ideal for educational presentations and life enrichment activities. The first floor also houses a health clinic staffed by a physician.
The design-build team for the project consisted of The Weitz Company (contractor); Orcutt-Winslow Partnership (architect); HilgartWilson (civil engineering); and Thoma-Holec Design (interior design).
“The residents will not only receive the best in care and support, they’ll also have many opportunities to socialize, take part in community activities and improve or maintain their independence,” said Joe LaRue, executive vice president of Sun Health and head of the organization’s real estate development team.
According to a recent Merrill Lynch and Age Wave retirement study, 74 percent of people age 85 and older struggle with at least some activities of daily living, such as housework, shopping and other routine tasks. The study’s authors suggest these findings illustrate a need for more supportive services — including assisted living (AL) services — to meet the needs of this growing population.
The AL residence incorporates the same home-like, non-institutional look and feel found throughout the building. It is slated to open to residents in September once proper licensure has been obtained.
Grandview Terrace Executive Director Bhakti Gosalia is excited for the new development. “The physical layout of the residence, the programming and the staff all will help residents stay as independent as possible, but if they need assistance we’ll be right there to help.”