The Verandah at Graywood Retirement Community in Lake Charles is Expanding

The Verandah at Graywood Retirement Community in Lake Charles is Expanding

The Verandah at Graywood Retirement Community in Lake Charles is Expanding

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Dec. 20, 2017) — The Verandah at Graywood, a premier, award-winning independent living and assisted living retirement community in Lake Charles, Louisiana, has embarked on a 40,000-square foot expansion to add a new, state-of-the-art, 27-unit Memory Care Wing and 24 additional assisted living apartments. When construction is completed in fall 2018, the community will offer a complete Continuum of Care allowing for a seamless transition from one level of care to another depending on the individual needs of its residents.

Managed by family-owned Sunshine Retirement Living of Bend, Oregon, The Verandah at Graywood sits on 40 acres in the master-planned community of Graywood, and now encompasses more than 212,000 feet with 80 independent living apartments, 20 independent living cottages and 40 assisted living apartments. The community follows a Person-Centered Care philosophy, offering numerous amenities and services to support residents’ physical, social, spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs. The wide range of amenities now include: a wellness/fitness center, library, computer room, chapel, stocked fishing ponds, formal and casual dining rooms, large lounge and bar, arts studio, reserved parking, theater, beauty salon/barber shop, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard and garden.

Scheduled for completion in fall 2018, the new Memory Care wing will also emphasize Person-Centered Care in a warm, secure and friendly atmosphere. An Active Living Program will be offered where specially trained care professionals offer gentle touches, calm interactions and provide reassurances throughout the day to enhance caregiver-resident bonds, increase a sense of security and decrease agitation. The caring staff also encourages self-sufficiency by engaging the residents in daily activities to help stimulate memories of past daily activities.

“Our new, state-of-the-art Memory Care Wing at The Verandah at Graywood has been designed to provide a multitude of services and amenities to our residents which may slow the progression of memory-related diseases,” said Luis Serrano, CEO, Sunshine Retirement Living. “Every aspect of the entire wing has been intentionally designed to provide security, comfort and life enrichment from our research-based dining program to indoor and outdoor life skills stations that replicate work and hobbies. Above all, and what is essential, is our caring, dedicated and professional staff, who have been trained specifically to care for those with memory disorders.”

The new wing will incorporate some of today’s most advanced features, which medical research has shown to benefit people with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory-related diseases. Services and amenities at the new Memory Care Wing will include:

  • A Life Enrichment Program where residents are encouraged to participate in Active Daily Living activities
  • An Innovative, 24/7 Dining Experience featuring meals recommended by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and the MIND Diet Program, which may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by as much as 53 percent, and maintain cognitive function equivalent to a person seven and a half years younger. The culinary team offers dignity and respect by offering individualized attention and offering several menu choices from which to choose.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Life Skills Stations that replicate purposeful daily living activities, such as work, hobbies, cooking and gardening.
  • Music, Aromatherapy and Pet Therapy Programs that have been proven to help improve memory function and concentration, improve sleep and decrease agitation.
  • State-of-the-Art Circadian Lighting, Accent Walls and Individualized Furnishings to assist with room recognition and comfort through familiarity. Special lighting will create an optimal interior environment to promote Circadian Rhythm wellness by mimicking natural light to improve sleep and promote calmness.
  • Secure and Monitored Outdoor Courtyards to allow supervised, independent access and encourage exercise and time outside in fresh air and natural surroundings.

Expanding Upon Excellence in Assisted Living

Setting the standard for care, the expansion will also include an additional 24, assisted living apartments with a resident-centered approach and a world-class, professional and caring staff that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individual service plans include: personal hygiene and grooming, dressing and clothes selection, showering and bathing assistance, meal assistance, incontinence management, mobility support, socialization and medication assistance. Assisted living residents enjoy the same services and amenities found as the independent living residents, such as a delicious, nutritious and extensive dining program, and access to the beautiful and natural surroundings.

“In less than a year’s time, seniors living in and around Lake Charles will have the opportunity to consider living in one of the country’s finest, affordable senior communities that offer seamless transition from independent living to assisted living or memory care as the need arises,” said Serrano. “It’s such a beautiful community and we are very proud that we can expand for more seniors, who may be seeking a new home that offers world-class amenities, services, care and security.”

The Verandah at Graywood is located at 5851 Gray Market Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70605. For more information, visit www.theverandahatgraywood.com.

About Sunshine Retirement Living

Based in Bend, Ore., Sunshine Retirement Living manages 21 retirement communities in nine states, offering senior apartments, independent living, assisted living and memory care. A family-owned business with more than 20 years in the senior housing industry, Sunshine Retirement Living’s mission is to be the preferred senior living provider offering value, choice and independence while promoting health and social interaction that exceeds residents’ expectations and enriches the lives of both residents and staff. By providing meals, housekeeping, activities, transportation, utilities and in-house management staff, Sunshine Retirement Living continues to build an unparalleled community feeling in each property. For more information, visit www.SunshineRet.com or connect socially.

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living