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In 2000, Pleasant Meadows opened Haven Center, a state of the art area for those diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s.
“We were the only campus granted a license for dementia for many years,” said Corporate Consultant Kathy Lientz.
“As other’s started to pop up around us, we started to look around to see how we can better serve our community and another avenues that we might shift our focus to.”
On June 9th, after three years of hard work and months of research, ‘Palm Paradise’ was opened for short term rehabbing patients. Commissioner Bryan Haddix stood in for Mayor Danny Owen for the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
“Things that we discovered were many people who were at home, thriving and living their lives independently, when they have something happen, they’re not used to the nursing home world,” Lientz said.
The unit allows the residents to be a bit isolated in a good way, have their nursing care and therapy, while roaming freely throughout the area.
Part of the remodeling included stripping woodwork and pickling it for the coastal vibe.
The walls were painted a shade called ‘Sea Salt Aqua’. Wallpaper was also stripped in every room and bathroom, with private suites set up for the residents.
The sun room was remodeled for a true coastal experience. A therapy gym was also set up primarily for the Medicare residents. Landscaping was also refreshed outside along with new flooring to tie into the coastal theme.
The colors chosen for the décor also have an affect on ones overall mood.
The lightness of the color can give clarity of thought and calmness. This is the reason why the beach is associated with easing stress and pressure. The turquoise waters and blue sky calm the mind and provide a sense of clarity.
Aqua can also be great for balance and stability as well as peace, growth and energy.
Additionally, the color encourages inner healing, enhances empathy and shows care.
Two rooms are left for remodel, but residents will be able to enjoy the updated wing.
“We’re really excited and I do want to thank our whole team, this was a huge team effort,” Lientz said. “We can’t wait for the residents to come in and start enjoying the fruits of our labor.”
If you would like to take a private tour, call Pleasant Meadows at 217-269-2396 and ask for Carla to schedule your visit.