In September 2013, a flash flood from Boulder Creek spilled over interstate US 36 and inundated a significant area of the Frasier Meadows neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado. The Assisted Living building was completely destroyed and the garden level of The Health Care Center was severely damaged. Having worked with the Frasier Meadows master plan prior to the flood, OZ and the community viewed this as an opportunity to enhance the assisted living environment and expand the campus to include memory care. The remodel of the Health Care Center resulted in 19 assisted living units and 19 memory care units.
The driving force behind the redesign was to ensure the comfort of both residents and guests inspiring a welcoming entryway, new common spaces, heated patios, dining options, memory care courtyard, and a memory garden. A wood canopy was designed to frame the main entrance and make a welcoming first impression. Living room spaces with fireplaces create a hospitality driven environment, provide ample space for residents to feel at home, encouraging visitors to stay longer.
Studio and one-bedroom apartments are equipped with kitchenettes to provide residents with independence. An additional common patio provides shaded seating and includes a small outdoor performance space with fire pit for entertainment and activities to take place.
The memory care garden includes planting beds, water fountains, seating areas, and other features that enhance the memory support program. Guests can enjoy an idle truck to re-create the feeling of driving making use of distant traffic noise. A homestead and clothing line help administer familiar daily activities, while the rabbit hutch and chicken coop stimulate memory through interaction with animals.
A dining room adjacent to a smaller coffee breakfast bar allows for greater flexibility and more choices when it comes to dining. Other highlights include a salon, a spa, sun rooms, and a library with a computer workstation available for guests and residents to use.
Frasier Meadows is an example of using partnership and design to turn unfavorable circumstances into positive solutions. Through re-envisioning both The Health Care Center , and returning the assisted living population to an improved home, the Frasier Meadows community was restored.