For over seven decades, Bethany Nursing Center of Vidalia has provided residents a place to call home. The facility was originally constructed for women only. Today, the nursing center has 168 residents—both men and women.
Architects were asked to provide additional residential gathering spaces by creating an environment that was inviting, colorful, and encouraging to residents. The natural solution was the addition of a space that would bring the outside inside. Traditionally, residents gathered around the nursing station, but this changed with the addition of the solariums.
These areas have become spacious places where residents meet, interact with one another, and relax with family and friends. Light floods in the window walls perfectly framing the beautiful views of the surrounding gardens and natural settings.
A special care pavilion was added to provide a bright and secure environment for residents and families living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Activity areas and wandering paths provide an exceptional social space beyond the existing single-load corridor system. Residents can walk freely and safely indoors or around the secure landscaped courtyards.
Areas like these provide a greater sense of freedom for those who use them. They also provide a less cluttered environment for staff, which now have the opportunity to focus on providing superior patient care.