For residents, staff and visitors, activity is taking place in all directions, be it from the west, north, east and inside. The noise is a constant reminder of the progress, as is the visible change no matter which window one looks out of.
A brief recap of the major components (as of today) follows:
Friendship/Community Center – a stand-alone facility with a capacity of 100+ persons, a full kitchen, office space, restrooms and a small fitness center. The structure is built and a partial brick siding is in process. This facility will serve our Independent Living (IL) community as well as the community at large. Senior dining? Other senior services and activities? The impetus for this facility is the re-purposing of the original (more below). It is scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.
Assisted Living – when complete, this facility will house 28 AL apartments, a renovation that spans the top two levels of Pleasantview’s original building on the east side. There will be one-bedroom and studio apartments available, with a few differing square footage options. All will feature kitchenettes. Also included in the transformation are two lounge/gathering spaces (one on each floor) and a remodel of the existing dining space. Currently they’re framing the apartments and creating identifiable space! It is scheduled for completion by March 2023.
East side (exterior) – additionally, outdoor work includes creation of a parking lot for AL, a paved driveway and a new road around the perimeter of the entire nursing facility. It is an ongoing process throughout the project, with completion dependent on the weather.
Maintenance Garage – because of the extended driveway surrounding campus, relocation of the garage is necessary…siding, roofing, and much of the structure is complete, and is located on the northeast edge of campus. It is scheduled for completion “before the snow flies” in order to store our major equipment.
Memory Care Center – this facility – consisting of 16 private rooms – will attach to the existing nursing unit’s north hall, and around to what is currently the ambulance entrance (which will be relocated). The work continues on a daily basis…installing electrical and plumbing equipment, digging and refilling and some of the footers poured. One of the centerpieces of the entire project, an outdoor courtyard, meditation room, common space and other amenities will be a part of this space. It is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2023.
Inside renovations – there’s more! A more centralized commercial kitchen will be constructed in the Memory Care area; that will necessitate the removal of 13 rooms on the east nursing wing (residents will be relocated within the facility), and will also result in the renovation/rebuilding of six Skilled Care suites in the former kitchen/dining space. A Therapy Center will be relocated to the current Friendship Center location; thus the new Center described above. Specific completion dates will range from mid-2023 to mid-2024.
Other items – finally, some other changes inside and out… The main lobby will receive an update, with a bistro attached; the main entrance will be graced with a canopy covering the drop-off points; a new salon, restrooms and library/computer space will be added; and extended parking will be created outside the main entrance.
It’s a lot to digest and perhaps confusing, with many changes on the horizon. Funding continues to be solicited, and we continue to be grateful for gifts and commitments.
Why are we doing this? In large part, it is to ensure that residents can receive all levels of care on one campus, and also to improve both existing and new services.
Every day brings something new, and every day there is progress.
Thank you for your support! And thank you for helping our residents as they continue “living in community!”