9 Memory Nursing Homes for the Elderly – Building Design + Construction | NutSocia

Here are eight senior living communities that offer residents memory care, an important service for residents who need this specialized care.

1st Anthology at Tuckahoe | Henrico, Va.

The anthology in Tuckahoe’s Lobby Bistro serves as a central hub from which other amenities extend — a theater, four-season room, coffee shop, and dining rooms. Photo © BKV Group

CA Ventures shaped personalized health and wellness—physical therapy sessions, walk-through courtyards, craft and playrooms, fitness center, wellness spa/salon—for this 150-unit community 12 miles outside of Richmond. BKV Group (Architect, Interior Designer, SE, MEP, Specifications, Construction Manager, Codes Consultant) has partnered with Kimley-Horn (CE, Landscape Architect), Clevenger (Catering) and Brinkmann Constructors (GC) to deliver 56 self-contained dwellings , 62 mentored and 32 memorial care residencies.

2. Clarendale Clayton | Clayton, M.

Art studio in the senior living community
The art studio is among the amenities at Clarendale Clayton: a bistro, formal dining room, signature room and patio on the 12th floor, a theater and a spa with salon, fitness center, physical therapy and medical consultation. Photo © Matt Anderson Photography

Ryan Companies (developer/GC) and Life Care Services (operator) joined forces on this 13-story, 406,033 sf senior living community — 195 self-contained living units, 66 assisted living units and 20 nursing units — eight miles west of St. Louis on the site of a old Schnucks department store. The project team, which included Ryan A+E (design architect), ACI Boland Architects (AOR), Oculus Inc. and RDG Interiors (interior designers), used a lightweight cold-formed metal frame (prefabricated by Eisen Group) to save time.

3. River Tower | Norfolk, Va.

Interior lobby of the River Tower senior living community
The 24-story River Tower is connected to an existing tower via a 100,000 sf facility with amenities, more than doubling the size of owner Harbor Edge’s hospitality-inspired senior community. Photo © Michael Lowry. Courtesy three

Architectural firm 3 was joined by Clark Nexsen (AOR), StudioSIX5 (interior design), and WM Jordan (GC) on this $145 million, 527,770 sf addition to owner Harbor Edge’s Norfolk Waterfront complex. Healthcare services through True LifeCare provide residents of the 147 homes with assisted living, memory maintenance, and skilled nursing services as needed. The amenities menu includes a spa, beauty salon, hairdresser, card and game rooms, indoor pool, billiards parlor, golf simulator, art studio, and theater.

4. Sunrise in New Dorp | Staten Island, New York

Exterior of the senior living complex on a sunny day
Sunrise at New Dorp offers four rooftop terraces where memory care patients can safely enjoy the great outdoors. Photo © Visual Assets Management Solutions

This $32 million community provides memory care to more than 120 residents in 45 assisted living units and 50 residential homes. Amenities include a drawing room, bistro, theater, lounge, dining room and multipurpose activity area. Moseley Architects (architect) led the project team of Ehlert Bryan (SE), Bohler Engineering (CE), Greenman-Pedersen (MEP), PWC Companies (construction consultant) and KBE Building Corp. (GC) for Sunrise Senior Living (Owner). ).

5. Vista West | Madison, Wis.

Interior lobby of the Vista West senior living community
In response to the Covid pandemic, the Vista West team installed a needle-tipped bipolar ionization system to improve air quality, increased package space, switched to touchless faucets and set up a family quarantine visiting room at the front entrance. Photo © C&N Photography

AG Architecture designed this $46 million mix of 144 self-contained studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments—some with kitchenettes—and 30 care units (36 beds) for owner-developer Capri Communities. A Residential Care Apartment Complexes floating license allows the independent residential units to support assisted living health services. The social program includes walking groups, PLATO discussions, casino nights, author talks, field trips to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and a partnership with Trek bikes.

Bioswales, a natural prairie and a sustainable roof restrain stormwater runoff; the complex is expected to save $70,000/year in energy costs. On the team: Urban Assets (community engagement consultant), Direct Supply Aptura (interiors), Pierce Engineers (SE), D’Onofrio Kottke and Associates (CE, landscape design) and Stevens Construction (GC).

6. Kempton of Charleston | Charleston, SC

Qualified nursing room in a modern senior living complex
One of 21 qualifying adjoining care studios in Kempton of Charleston, which also has 50 assisted living studios and one and two bedroom apartments. Photo © Ellis Creek Photography

McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture (architect), Fine Tuned Structures (SE), Forsberg Engineering & Surveying (CE), 4EA Building Science (envelope consultant) and Trident Construction Group (GC) own this $27.9 million 92-unit retirement community designed and built with resilience first. The five-story structure was built to remain operational despite gale force winds. At high tide, the living and dining areas are on the upper floors. Hamilton Development was the developer; Owner is Liberty Senior Living. Contributors: Hush Acoustics (acoustics consultant) and DesignWorks (landscape architect).

Kempton of Charleston has 50 assisted living studios and one and two bedroom apartments, as well as 21 memory care studios with adjoining rooms and 21 skilled nursing studios with adjoining rooms. The property is less than 1 mile from the Medical University of South Carolina.

7. Wesley in Tehaleh | Bonney Lake, Washington.

Exterior of Wesley Retirement Home in Tehaleh
Cuningham (architect, landscape architect) specified local plants for Wesley in Tehalah’s gardens. Photo © Moris Moreno

A network of pathways connects the 400,000-square-foot Wesley at Tehaleh campus near Seattle, where owners Presbyterian Homes & Services and Wesley Homes Pierce County offer 168 self-contained apartments, 42 serviced apartments and 18 memory care residences, and a 24,000-square-foot downtown area. Cuningham (architect, landscape architect) and his partners Senior Lifestyle Design (interiors), AHBL (SE, CE), Steen Engineering (MEP) and Ryan Companies (GC) made wellness, building performance and energy modeling key components of the project.

8. Waterfall | Sarasota, Fla.

Indoor streetscape in Watercrest senior housing complex
An indoor streetscape brings together the “flexible homes” for residents of Watercrest’s 32 memory support units. Photo © Seamus Payne

A cooking exhibition is one of many on-site aging activities being shared by residents of Watercrest’s 72 active adult and 96 assisted living homes. The residents of the 32 memory support units occupy “flexible households” at each end of an indoor streetscape. United Properties and Watercrest Senior Living Group (owners) provided senior-friendly drawer dishwashers, high-wall ovens, sunken microwaves, built-in cooktops, and pull-out shelves.

HKS (architect) was joined by Interior Design Associates (interiors), TRC Worldwide Engineering (SE), Morris Engineering and Consulting (CE), Telios Engineering (MEP), Kurt R. Crist landscape architect, Keycom (low voltage systems), Corsi Associates (gastronomy ) and Walker Construction (GC).

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