The renovated and expanded Lumen Lane Memory Care Neighborhood at Light of Hearts Villa officially opened a year ago, and it's been a big hit with residents and staff ever since. Read more about the expansion and other news and updates in in the spring/summer 2022 edition of Villa Voices, the bi-annual newsletter of Light of Hearts Villa.
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It has been one year since the newly renovated and expanded Lumen Lane Neighborhood officially opened. With additional space, the residents now have designated rooms for activities and dining, eliminating the kind of confusion that can come from not knowing whether they are doing an activity or eating a meal. The space itself is well-lit and calming with neutral blue tones and high-grade flooring. The sensory room is actively used with different sensory activities in every corner, including a 100-gallon saltwater fish tank.
“When we chose the design of the new area, we were very purposeful with every design decision. Down to the kind of chairs and color of plates they would eat off of. Each part was thoughtfully discussed and researched on best practices for memory care individuals and I was so happy with how everything turned out,” said Breanne Cavileer, executive director. “The plan was always to bring that same look and feel of the calming blue walls and wood panel flooring throughout the rest of the building gradually.”
One year later and Breanne and her team have already completed the renovation of the first floor Lumen Lane hallway and have begun updating the first floor of the assisted living side.
“There is a night-and-day difference of the Lumen Lane hallway. It feels more bright and cheery. I had a resident tell me that the artwork brought her joy and I can see every day residents stop to utilize one of the life stations and feel that sense of familiarity and productivity. I’m really proud of the space we created for them and so excited to see the updates brought to the rest of the building as well,” said Anne Messer, director of life enrichment.
Breanne said it has been an exciting journey to raise the funds and support needed for the project. She added, “Our residents and staff are loving it.”
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