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American Lake Community Living Center Fact Sheet
By Shane Suzuki
Friday, June 25, 2010
- The ribbon cutting ceremony for the Community Living Center took place June 25, 2010 at 2 p.m. on the grounds of the American Lake Division of VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
- The design and operation of the facility is based around a new concept called “cultural transformation” which encourages individualized care and involves the input of staff, residents, and family members. A culturally transformed community is an environment that treats residents as a whole, based on their individual medical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs.
- The design departs from the more institutional wing configuration by being centered around a gently curving corridor or “main street” serving a series of nursing units or “neighborhoods”.
- The Community Living Center will have 83 beds divided into four distinct units (including Hospice, Rehabilitation and Alzheimer/Dementia units).
- Because the social environment is important to a Veteran’s well-being and ability to heal, the facility will offer a wander garden and open spaces, to promote a non-institutional sense of home.
- Expanded food preparation kitchens, and separate dining areas are strategically placed to meet the needs of all of the residents. The Alzheimer/Dementia Unit will have its own dining area.
- The facility will include parking for 200 vehicles with a covered main drop-off/pick-up area at the front of the building.
- The green design concept includes the landscaped roof which blend into the natural setting of the lake and surrounding landscape. The biomass of the roof will also decrease aircraft noise common to the American Lake campus creating a more peaceful setting for residents.
- The facility has applied for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and is likely to receive either Silver or Gold status as an environmentally friendly building. This will make it one of the first VA buildings to achieve this high of a LEED certification.