Thursday, December 30, 2010

Levindale Looks to the Future

Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital
has been a pioneer in the field of elder care since it opened its doors more than a century ago, and the year 2010 only added to this ongoing journey.

While there were many accomplishments at Levindale during 2010, the spotlight was definitely shining on the future.

Ground was broken in January on a $31 million construction project to build a modern, elegant, friendly place for Baltimore area elders. This expansion will serve as a model for future generations of caregivers in every way.

The moment anyone walks through the doors at the new Levindale, they will be surrounded by sophisticated, sleek two-story atrium. The breathtaking, contemporary town center will offer residents and visitors shopping, a Jewish-theme museum, a grand piano, a fireplace, sitting areas with computer portals and a cafĂ©. It will be perfect for seniors “on the go” and for seniors who want to relax in a bright, stylish environment.

No matter how residents spend their day, they will always want to go back to a beautiful room with the things that they love around them. Luxury and personal service will be combined with:

  • Private rooms
  • Private shower and bathrooms
  • Room temperature controls
  • Flat screen televisions
  • Wireless Internet connections
  • Space for visiting, reading and writing
  • A lot of storage
  • Design for safety and accessibility

During this project, the 87,000 square foot build-out and expansion will include of a three-story resident complex. Each resident’s room will be located within a neighborhood that will consist of 84 resident rooms, which will be divided into six households with 14 rooms each.

As with every household in America, the kitchen is the gathering place. At Levindale, each household have a country kitchen reminiscent of “bubbie’s (grandmother’s)” kitchen with the smells and tastes of their favorite foods.

For residents and families looking for intimate places to relax, there will be cozy sitting and hearth areas for playing music, reading and kibbitzing. Dens at Levindale will provide big screen televisions and stereos for families who want to watch and listen to their favorite entertainers.

Outside, there will be a big front porch, a playground for grandchildren and sensory gardens, designed to stimulate the five senses when residents choose to enjoy nature.

In order to make the dream into a reality, the staff members at Levindale and LifeBridge Health have been working hard to minimize the inconveniences that come up during a project of this scope. It was taken teamwork, communication, cooperation and patience.

In addition, thanks to the support and generosity of philanthropists in our community, the construction project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2012, so elders will have a cheerful, invigorating place to call home.

Levindale prides itself in leading the way to the next generation of caring.

To learn more about Levindale, call 410-601-WELL (9355).
-Helene King

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