Posted August 12, 2014
Moving day is getting closer for assisted living and health care residents at Wichita Presbyterian Manor.
The first phase of the campus’ $35 million expansion is set to open this fall, according to Senior Living Counselor Amy Watson. It will include 48 modern assisted living apartments, 24 assisted living memory care residences and 50 skilled nursing residences, 20 of which are part of a PATH® (Post-Acute to Home) rehabilitation wing with new health care common spaces.
Executive Director Dawn Veh said the new neighborhoods will serve more people in an updated space that is better designed to meet their needs.
“It’s certainly going to add a different dimension to the campus,” Veh said. “To me it’s so exciting because we’re moving into the future of senior services.”
Assisted living capacity will double from 24 to 48, and current residents will move into larger apartments. Watson said the new units have more than 400 square feet of space, a bedroom separate from the living area and a kitchenette. The PATH therapy room will be nearly five times larger and will include simulated home environments, such as a kitchen and bathroom, in which patients can practice. There will also be private therapy spaces, she said.
One of the most noticeable changes will be the dining arrangements. “I think the dining option is going to be very appealing because we have so many more rooms,” Watson said.
Dining areas will be divided into multiple spaces for a more intimate feel. In health care, there will be separate dining rooms for PATH patients and long-term care residents. Watson said there also will be two dining rooms for memory care, each with seating for 12, along with two sunrooms.
When moving day arrives, employees are prepared to make the transition as smooth as possible for all residents, Watson said. Families are encouraged to send at least one representative to spend moving day on campus and help put residents at ease. It will be a festive day, with live music and refreshments.
Once the transition to the new health services addition is complete, demolition will begin on the old buildings to make way for phase II of the project: The Westerly Residences, a new independent living community of 90 apartment homes.