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Brooksby’s continuing care expansion nears completion

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June 28th, 2016
A rendering shows the enclosed courtyard in the new expansion at Brooksby’s continuing care neighborhood.

A rendering shows the enclosed courtyard in the new expansion at Brooksby’s continuing care neighborhood.

The expansion of Brooksby Village’s continuing care neighborhood is nearing completion.

“We can see the finish line,” says Associate Executive Director Tracie Bettano. “It’s all coming together. We’re finalizing the furniture placement, and it’s exciting to see the common areas where residents will gather and engage.”

The expansion will add 28 new assisted care apartments, including four two-bedroom units, to the existing continuing care neighborhood, which houses assisted living and short-term rehabilitation.

“We embarked on this expansion to fulfill the promise of offering the full continuum of care to Brooksby’s residents,” says Bettano. “Should the health needs of an independent living resident change, we want to be able to meet those needs right here on campus.”

Homelike atmosphere

The expansion brings several new amenities to the existing continuing care neighborhood, including two solariums, a bistro, a private dining room, a theater, a creative arts studio, and a fully enclosed courtyard.

“The large solarium is a show stopper,” says Bettano. “It has floor to ceiling windows and overlooks the courtyard. We wanted the common areas in the expansion to feel warm and homelike.”

Seven of the new assisted care apartments will feature patios that border the enclosed courtyard. The courtyard will have walking trails and a seating area for outdoor dining.

Assisted living residents and their families can reserve the private dining room, complete with fireplace, for an elegant, intimate place to hold family gatherings.

“Up to this point, we’ve focused on the construction details of the new expansion,” says Bettano. “Now it’s becoming easier to visualize our residents living here and enjoying the space.”

Person-centered approach

As construction winds down, Bettano looks forward to the moment when she will pass the baton to Justin Paradis, director of continuing care.

“I’ve overseen the construction, but now my work is coming to an end, and Justin will step in as we prepare to welcome our first residents,” says Bettano.

Paradis has been gearing up for the transition for the past several months, ensuring that continuing care staff members are ready to go when the doors open.

“At Brooksby, we have a person-centered approach to care,” says Paradis. “All staff is required to take an additional eight hours of training in the person-centered approach. That means residents are at the center of all we do, and we want to empower them to make decisions about their care.”

With the brick-and-mortar phase nearly complete, Paradis says he’s excited to see residents bring the expansion to life.

Rev. Chad Kidd expressed the same sentiment as he closed his speech at the groundbreaking for the new construction.

“We dare to break this holy ground again to make room for more—more names, more love, more community, more healing and health and vibrancy and joy and wholeness and hope,” he said.