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In 1992, St. Paul’s Villa was officially converted into an Assisted Living community. Many residents from St. Paul’s Manor—an Active Retirement Community just a few blocks away—moved to the Villa if they needed more hands-on care and oversight. The Villa features three floors, which include quaint secure courtyards, private balconies, a ball room, a Chapel, a full-service dining room, and community spaces.
In 2010, St. Paul’s Senior Services dedicated one of the three floors as a secured memory care unit for residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. With the growing number of seniors diagnosed with dementia, it became important to provide a safe and secure environment catering to the unique needs of seniors with memory loss.
Today, St. Paul’s Villa features 136 studio, one, and two bedroom apartments on 7,640 square feet of living space, featuring large community spaces, outdoor courtyards, a library, an on-site salon, and a non-denominational chapel. Since 2016, Administrator LaTressa Downing has led the staff at the Villa, bringing with her many years of experience caring for seniors with support needs or dementia.
From the floors and walls to the furniture and lighting fixtures, every detail was thoughtfully designed to create a comfortable and functional environment for seniors. Villa administrator LaTressa Downing and St. Paul’s CEO Cheryl Wilson worked with designers to create a classic look with pops of rich color like orange and teal. Everything was selected to be functional and safe for our seniors, for example, dining room chairs with arms so residents could get up easier, and stackable chairs and the tables that flip down to allow for easy storage for a variety of configurations.
In the ballroom area, the carpet was removed and replaced by hard surface flooring and a bar/service area was created for hosting events and resident activities. In the dining room, walls were lowered in the service area to create open sight lines, and a counter area was added to create an “action station” for residents to enjoy.
If you ask the residents what their favorite part of the renovation is, most of them will say “getting rid of that carpet!” Luxury Vinyl Planks were installed throughout all the hallways and large community spaces, making it much easier for residents using walkers and wheelchairs to get around. They also really enjoy the 85-inch TV and entertainment system that was installed in the living room for movies.