LIMA — As a way to give nursing home residents a feeling of being at home, Lima Convalescent Homes will be building two new structures through the Green House Project that will resemble actual houses, unlike typical nursing homes.
The 9,000 square-foot homes will be equipped with 12 private bedrooms with private bathrooms, a large open kitchen, a den, a fireplace and a large living room with a dining table. Employees who work at the two homes will be cross-trained so that they can assist the residents with all of their needs.
Lima Convalescent Executive Director Joy Reichenbach said that she hopes the new model will make it enjoyable for the residents to have their visitors.
“It’s about meaningful life for the residents,” said Reichenbach. “It should look and feel like a resident’s home instead of an institution, like we have in our current nursing home. We are trying to get away from that and have something that is home to them.”
The Green House Project, Lima Convalescent’s consultant for the project, has been building “homes for meaningful lives” for the past 10 years. The two new homes will be two of the few green houses built in Ohio, according to Reichenbach.
General Contractor H.A. Dorsten will begin construction on the Lima Convalescent property in mid-March and is expected to be finished and fully operational by March 2019. The project costs are estimated at over $1 million.
Lima Convalescent will also be working with The Green House Project to renovate their current building once the two new homes are built. This will allow the company to convert the double occupancy suites into private rooms by transitioning residents into the new buildings.
“We are hoping to make those private rooms into a unit so that there could be a neighborhood inside of the building as well,” said Reichenbach.
In 1958, Lima Convalescent Homes was formed by community members as as a way to help local hospitals place residents into homes. Sixty years later, the company is excited about its new expansion and hopes to continue to satisfy its residents.
“We hope that it will give the residents the feeling that it really is where they can feel like they have a life there and they are important,” Reichenbach said.
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