It’s the Lantern of Chagrin Valley and it is located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. It may just be the greatest nursing home ever! Designed specifically for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, this is a truly unique looking place as you’ll see.
They designed it to appear as small houses and the whole setting has a 1940’s look to it. The houses have porches which lead out to a golf course and the attention to detail here is really amazing.
The use special fiber optics in the ceiling, creates a starry sky type of atmosphere throughout the building, as well as a special daylight effect. Even the paint design is consistent with the period.
Floors are painted green resembling grass, while bird chirping and other sound effects are employed throughout the facility.
Here’s how CEO, and trained occupational therapist, Jean Makesh describes it:
“Every little thing you see, the wall color, the paint, actually has a therapeutic benefit, a therapeutic value.”
These benefits were aimed at having major reductions in anxiety, anger, and depression.
Daily classes are also provided in order to help re-learn and retain basic skills and functionality that individuals may have lost or forgotten how to perform properly.
Creating an environment that will bring that back seems to be the key Makesh believes:
“I take them back to those memories. I create a time capsule. It enables them to embrace everything around them.”
Hopefully a reduction and rehabilitation for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia will take place.
Slowing the progression of similar diseases in the long term is what Makesh believes will happen.
He certainly is creating a new way, and new hope, for making a positive difference in the lives of those who face these age-related diseases.
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