DiGiorgio Associates Inc. recently completed the design of new Assisted Living Residences and a Memory Care Residence for D’Youville Life & Wellness Community in Lowell, MA.
DAI worked with D’Youville to develop programming requirements for their new facility housing 45 supportive Assisted Living units and 15 Memory Care units for residents with early memory loss. Assisted Living Resident amenities include a Café/Parlor, Community Enrichment Center, Wellness Center, Chapel, Fitness Room, Hair Salon and Dining Room. The Memory Care residence will have secured access and will contain 15 studio units with amenities such as Dining, Kitchen, Family Living Room, Reading, Art and Sunroom. These residents will have access to a private and secure outdoor garden space.
Family and visitors are welcome to join residents for activities and dining, with access to a private room available for family functions. The finishes throughout the facility were selected to provide a warm and home-like setting, providing comfort for residents and accenting the colors and materials of nature.
The design offers many destinations, encouraging residents to stay more active, involved and engaged. D’Youville envisioned a campus providing additional levels of care and service. The principles of evidence based design were integrated with use of natural light, appropriate needs for wayfinding, and the use of elder friendly finishes and furnishings.
The goal was to create an aesthetic balance on the D’Youville Campus with a building exterior carefully designed integrate with the content of the existing structures. The environment promotes wellness and interaction and encourages residents to be active, social and independent.
Construction began in August 2014 and was complete in October 2015.