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Coming Home: Move-In Day for Residents of Brookside Care Center

KENOSHA, WI, March 13, 2018  After six years of planning and construction, residents of Brookside Care Center permanently move into the newly completed care center. Designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), the Center provides more comfortable, home-like surroundings where residents can engage in activities, socialize with friends and family, and enjoy a meal in the bistro or spend time outdoors. Completed over three phases, the project expands Brookside’s services and provides a continuum of care with a new 48-unit, two-story short-term rehabilitation center, a new one-story, and 24-unit Community Based Retirement Facility and rehabilitation gym. Volunteers from EUA will be assisting in the move, helping residents settle into their new homes.

 Originally constructed in the 1990s with a care model no longer supportive of current modes of care, the county-run facility has undergone extensive renovations, expansions and upgrades aimed at elevating the quality of life for residents. Larger resident rooms allow for greater personalization, a number of areas for activities or quiet time, and high-quality finishes and ample daylight create an atmosphere of tranquility. Once a large centralized nursing station, a bistro and café with comfortable seating options and a fireplace provide a completely different experience for residents and encourage interaction while providing a sense of independence.

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. A unique feature, memory boxes positioned outside of each resident room 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.