LIMA — Elmcroft of Lima has spent the last year renovating its facility to create a more “home-like” atmosphere for the residents who call the assisted living center home.
On Tuesday, Elmcroft unveiled the newly renovated living center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with members of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.
“We wanted to show the community what we have done to keep up with the renovation process,” said Samantha Voorheis, community relations director for Elmcroft of Lima. “This is their home, so we wanted to create that home-like atmosphere with these renovations.”
As part of the remodel, Elmcroft’s interior walls were repainted and new carpet was installed. They also hung new artwork on the walls, renovated the fireplace in the front lobby, created a “Gallery of Honor” for residents who are war veterans, and added a movie theater area complete with a large-screen TV, several seats and shelves full of films.
“It’s a place where they can be with their families and engage with different residents,” Voorheis said. “We even have a little caddy where they get their soda, popcorn and snacks, and they sit down and watch the movie. It really is an enjoyable time for them.”
Voorheis said she believes the renovations have had a positive impact on residents.
“We’re making it so it’s not so institutionalized or depressing,” she said. “It’s more upbeat, with that home-like atmosphere.”
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