SFCS, Inc., Covenant Woods

Covenant Woods – Mechanicsville, Virginia
SFCS, Inc. – Roanoke, Virginia
Type of Facility/Setting: CCRC

Facility Contact: Timothy A. Johnson, President/CEO

Firm: SFCS, Inc., (540) 344-6664

Design Team: SFCS, Inc., Architectural Design, Interior Design, Structural Engineering; Goodfellow, Jalbert, Beard, Civil Engineering; Kjellstrom & Lee, Contractor; Jean Moreau & Associates, Development Consultant; Sharon Brooks Associates, Marketing Consultant

Photography: Tim Schoon

Resident Capacity: 54 IL apartments; 29 cottages; 43 assisted living units (including 13 “frail”); 13 dementia AL units; 16 skilled nursing beds

Space/Resident (sq. ft.): varies

Total Area (sq. ft.): 154,711 (excluding cottages); 207,363 (including cottages)

Total Cost (excluding land): $23,887,573

Cost/Sq. Ft.: $115.20 ($133.23 excluding cottages)

Completion: August 2001

This CCRC embarks on a new era for its sponsoring community-the Richmond Home for Ladies. Established in 1883 by the Methodist, Episcopal and Presbyterian churches to fill the housing need after the Civil War for “elderly indigent ladies,” the Home initially served seven women in a house erected in 1849. Today, the new community is home to middle-income couples and single men and women.

The previous residents had input into the design. The features they enjoyed most about their Home were incorporated-such as a front porch. Many of the home’s antiques were used in the interior design. Courtyards give the residents access to the outdoors and offer venues for a variety of activities that promote wellness.

The community center features formal, private and bistro dining options and a chapel, multipurpose room, fitness center, arts and crafts, barber/beauty, PT/OT clinic spaces and separate “grooming spas” for AL and nursing.

Adding skilled nursing care and a dementia program satisfied the goal to serve the current and future needs of residents. The “household” design of the memory-enhanced unit has improved staff supervision, stimulated the mentally frail resident, and promoted wellness and independence by encouraging residents to participate in daily tasks.

A major program goal was to establish an integrated service-delivery network with an array of services and benefits to the elderly in the market area who desire to remain in their homes and/or cannot afford residency in a CCRC. The community itself would serve as a center of activities and services for network membership: meals, activities, wellness/exercise programs, adult day care, geriatric assessment, geriatric clinic, respite care and PT/OT/ST.

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