After six years of planning and construction, residents of Brookside Care Center on Wednesday moved into the newly completed care center, located at 3506 Washington Road. The center is operated by Kenosha County.
Completed over three phases, the project expands Brookside’s services and provides a new 48-unit, two-story short-term rehabilitation center and a new one-story 24-unit community based retirement facility and rehabilitation gym.
Designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects, which has offices in Milwaukee and Madison, the project was designed to provide more home-like surroundings where residents can engage in activities, socialize with friends and family, and spend time outdoors.
Volunteers from Eppstein Uhen assisted in the move, helping residents settle into their new homes.
Brookside was originally constructed in the 1990s. The renovation and expansion provides larger resident rooms, a number of areas for activities or quiet time and ample daylight. What was formerly a large centralized nursing station was turned into a bistro and café that includes a fireplace.
Part of the project focused on renovating spaces for those with dementia and used research-based design strategies proven to reduce confusion and engage memory. Two wings are now connected, forming a loop with a secure centralized courtyard, providing a place for residents to spend time outdoors, while bringing in substantial amounts of natural light.
Memory boxes are positioned outside of each resident room. Those can be filled with personal belongings that engage memory while also helping caregivers learn more about their residents and residents to get to know each other better.
Frances Petrick, the former administrator at Ridgewood Care Center in Mount Pleasant, is the administrator at Brookside.
Journal Times Staff
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