Florida Retirement Community making improvements for 2015
Well, 2014 has been a busy and productive year for the maintenance department here at Village On The Isle. We have made several improvements as well as small changes to our beautiful, Florida retirement community. These changes have included improvements to our safety and security, lighting, landscaping and much more. Let’s give you a recap of what we were up to last year …
A big focus of ours was the installation of a new call light system in Luke Haven, Skilled Nursing. This was needed and enables our staff to provide quicker responses for the needs of our residents. We also completed the installation of impact glass in Matthew Hall, Independent Living as well as the Communication lobby, which will further protect our residents in case of a hurricane. The retrofit of the lighting in the parking area was also completed; we replaced the lighting with energy efficient LED fixtures and will now provide cleaner lighting with an added bonus of 66% less power consumption.
Another big project completed in 2014 was our installation of an additional elevator to Mathew Hall. We are very proud of this project because it not only makes it convenient to have another elevator, but it provides a large elevator for the purpose of moving and EMS services.
We are also continually improving and updating the campus by remodeling common areas. For example, Mark Manor, Assisted Living and Matthew Hall, Independent Living both had floors renovations done. This included new flooring, painting of the walls and doorways that boast beautiful, new art work and decor.
Our communication lobby has been completely renovated with the implementation of improved sitting areas that sit around a fireplace giving the residents a more “homelike” setting. Earlier in the year, the Trinity Hall recreation room was completely renovated and transformed into what the resident call, the “Phoenix Room.” It is now a show place that is both functional and comfortable for the residents.
Late in 2014 we started the remodeling of our main kitchen. This has been a large undertaking, it has been in the planning for two years. We have involved all of the department managers, the city of Venice building department, the fire department, EMS, the police department, and the board of health. We are ensuring all parties involve will work together to coordinate a smooth running project. For this major renovation, a temporary kitchen has been set up while our remodeling is in progress. The temporary kitchen is composed of (4) fifty five foot trailers, four coolers, and a storage section which have all been placed into our road way next to our dining room and carports. The kitchen also includes a full range of cooking equipment, a dishwashing line and walk-in coolers and freezers. This kitchen is very functional and has kept a high level of food quality. The residents are still loving our food quality and we are certain that nothing “skips a beat” in this department.
Now, as you can imagine, the years and our Florida climate have not been kind to the breezeway structure. We recently brought in a contactor to see where the degradation started and what kinds of repairs were needed to make the structure stronger and withstand our tropical weather. With the consultation of an engineer, a plan was formulated and the improvements have begun.
A very exciting project that went underway is the courtyard at Luke Have being transformed into a more functional area for our residents. You will now find a larger activity area, new landscaping and a large shade structure. This is currently being designed to provide comfort to our residents while they are outside to relax or while having group activities. As you know, the direct Florida sun, while we love sunny days, is not ideal for outdoor activities when there is no shade coverage available.
These are just a few improvements to our campus that were completed and started during 2014, and there are many more to come. As you can imagine, we have a lot to be excited about and look forward to! From all of us here in the maintenance department, Happy New Year, we hope you have been enjoying it so far!