Overlooking Lake Minnewaska in Glenwood, Minnesota, Glenwood Retirement Village (GRV) has offered residents of Glenwood and the surrounding communities comfortable independent living, assisted living, skilled care, and memory care for 50 years. In 2013, GVR hired Yanik to become their design/builder for a new post acute care addition to the building and multiple areas of interior renovations while the facility was operating and occupied by residents and staff.
GRV incorporated cultural changes into their facility by moving from an institutional model towards a more residential appearance, and grouping the residents into fifteen bed neighborhoods to reduce the impact of the scale of the community. All of the resident units are private.
Each home-like neighborhood includes a central living room, residential kitchen and dining room. The dining experience is “restaurant style”, where the residents sit at a table of four and the food is served at the table. The reduced size of the space increases their ability to hear and communicate, as well as benefiting from the social interaction.
This residential model of care fosters independence, friendships, and interaction allowing them to live their lives with dignity and respect. Because the scale of the neighborhood is manageable, the care givers are able to know the residents they serve and experience the same benefits of dignity and respect.
The project also included a new town center, physical therapy and centralized the staff administration offices. The nurses stations at each household were remodeled, with the beauty/barber and spa spaces updated also.