By Ryan Parker, LAKEWOOD SENTINEL
Construction is underway in Lakewood on a senior living home, which is being designed to have a neighborhood feel, rather than a single structure with long hallways.
Arbor Living Center will open at 7495 W Eastman Place, which will be a skilled nursing facility, scheduled for completion in summer 2010, said Tim Heronimus, of Arbor Living.
“The residences will feature a non-traditional, non-institutional design allowing for residential neighborhoods, which will be unique to any skilled nursing centers in the region,” Heronimus said.
Although seniors will be able to live at Arbor if they choose, the facility will feature a short-term rehabilitation clinic for those who have suffered such conditions as a stroke, he said.
Rehabilitation services will feature a 1,400-square-foot therapy area with staff specializing in physical, occupational and speech therapies, officials said.
Residents needing rehabilitation following hospitalization because of surgery or other medical conditions will be able to utilize the most up-to-date therapy equipment and training,” Heronimus said.
There are two reasons Lakewood was chosen by Arbor, Heronimus said.
“There is a growth percentage of people over the age of 65 who need this kind of care now, and Lakewood has a lot of older nursing homes that don’t offered what we will,” he said.
All the rooms at Arbor will be private, which will be in 12, nine-person neighborhoods that feature amenities such as morning rooms, which are similar a house’s living room.
“People want to age comfortably and not lose their independence, and we do what we can do ensure that here,” he said.
The neighborhoods are being designed in such a way that residents will have plenty of areas to rest in between walking from place to place, Heronimus said.
“We looked at amenities that are found in homes and included those in the private rooms for residents,” he said.
Those amenities include kitchenettes, flat screen TVs and spa stations.
Seniors and their families will be able to monitor progress made in therapy through a program on the residential network that will track all goals met, Heronimus said.
Arbor Living will bring jobs to Lakewood as well, as the facility will employee between 100 to 110 staff, officials said.
Each neighborhood will have 24-hour care from both a nurse and caregiver, Heronimus said.
“We have been working with hospitals to keep the continuity for residents,” Heronimus said.
Depending on the response and need in other cities, Heronimus said Arbor may expand, but are proud to have started in Lakewood.
“The city has been nothing but great to work with from day one,” Heronimus said.
The decision for families and individuals to make the decision to move into a facility such as Arbor may spring up quickly at times, so guessing the number of clients at first is difficult, but the 5.6-acre can house 108 residents, Heronimus said.
For more information visit www.arborlivingcenters.com or call 303-938-8000.
Distributed by Colorado Capitol Reporters