The redesign of Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care consisted of major renovations and additions to a nearly 50-year old skilled nursing facility in Bloomington, Illinois. The project’s overriding challenge was to integrate contemporary practices in patient-centered care and therapy within the constraints of an older building on a tight urban site. Renovations included a major reconfiguration of the main entry, living room, and front gardens to create a more welcoming feel for visitors while enhancing comfort and usability for residents. New nurse stations and enhanced lighting and finishes create a calmer hospitality feeling in the existing corridors, while allowing staff to work more efficiently and professionally.
The large addition to the facility boasts a 2,400 s.f. state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient therapy room and a timber-framed winter garden flooded with sunlight from a fully skylighted roof above, along with new staff work spaces, a salon, and covered parking below. Since opening in spring of 2012, the winter garden has quickly become the most popular space in the facility for residents and their families and friends to socialize; its serene interior provides a therapeutic counterpoint to the invigorating environment of the adjacent therapy room.