Friendship House at Royal Oaks Memory Care Facility
Location:Sun City, Arizona
Design Consultants:Architect-Todd & Associates, Inc.
“The thing that sets Sundt apart from their competition is their attention to detail and the quality of product they produce. They also are always on the cutting edge of developing their processes from project to project in order to better serve their clients.”
Wayne Esposito, Director, Health Services
This two-story memory care facility was designed to provide lifestyle-focused accommodations for residents with varying levels of cognitive needs.
The 53,000-square-foot facility, located near the center of the 38-acre community, provides memory care in a residential setting, moving away from the skilled-care model that has been the norm in retirement communities. This new design concept allows for more efficient staffing and flexibility in a comfortable setting that supports the individual needs of residents. Personalization is achieved through four “neighborhoods” of 14 residents each that have distinct interior design themes and create smaller scale living environments.
Among the facilities highlights are:
Decorative doors may look like they belong in an upscale hotel, but they’re cleverly designed to open wide enough to accommodate a gurney.
Lighting fixtures look warm and residential, emit strong, institutional-quality light.
“Therapeutic” patios may look like the designer only had relaxation in mind, but in fact every square inch was thoughtfully planned to help stimulate the senses of memory care patients.
Resident rooms centered around home-style kitchens feel more "homey."
Invisible to the untrained eye are many ways to maximize efficiency and ensure compliance with the health codes and regulations that apply to commercial facilities in this residential setting.
Smaller, less institutional settings help residents feel less anxious and intimidated, but they’re also more efficient for staff and therefore more cost-effective to operate.
This is Sundt's sixth project for Royal Oaks.