A new approach to continuing care
Mill Vista Lodge at Wind Crest welcomes first residentsBy Julia Collins
When Hazel Vicenec learned about the new continuing care neighborhood at Wind Crest, an Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., she first felt anxious. “It will be a change,” she said over breakfast at Aspen House, the community’s former continuing care residences on campus.
But once she saw the sunny, welcoming Mill Vista Lodge, she felt at home.
The newly built continuing care neighborhood, which officially opened last month, welcomed as its first residents those who lived at Aspen House. With four floors—one dedicated to skilled nursing and rehabilitation, two to assisted living, and one to memory care—the neighborhood is distinctly designed for each level of care.
“I am so glad Mill Vista Lodge is opening,” says Theresa Frantz, who has lived at Wind Crest with her husband Norman since 2008. “It’s nice to know care is available if we need it.”
Comfort for short-term stays
The first floor features a lodge-like entry with fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs, and a large flat-screen TV. Similar living areas are located throughout the building.
This floor, dedicated to skilled nursing, has 44 spacious private apartments, a therapy and rehabilitation gym, a dining area, a laundry room, and four patio areas with sun, shade, and stunning views of the foothills.
Each apartment has been outfitted with oil-rubbed bronze fixtures, earth-toned ceramic tile in the bathrooms, stunning cherry cabinets, and 10-foot-high ceilings to amplify the space even more.
The skilled nursing floor usually accommodates short-term stays, says Wind Crest Executive Director Craig Erickson.
All about amenities
Continuing care at Wind Crest was designed with a person-centered approach. The assisted living and memory care floors feature unprecedented details, like sunrooms to create intimacy and to fill living areas and wide hallways with light; open work areas for staff to be visible and accessible to residents; and a movie theater, salon/spa, and creative arts studio.
Additional details include distinctive wall and carpet coloring in each 14-apartment neighborhood to aid with orientation, and open-air balconies with inviting views of the mountains on the horizon.
Some apartments feature two bedrooms to accommodate couples.
“In the industry, we see more and more spouses accompanying their loved ones in continuing care, so we wanted to accommodate that need,” Erickson says. “The two-bedroom apartments in continuing care provide ample comfort and personal space.”
Mill Vista Lodge has access to the outdoors through sunrooms, balconies, and four-season rooms. “We have such an incredible location here,” Erickson says.
“This isn’t your typical continuing care,” he adds. “Erickson Living is reinventing the concept of the continuing care neighborhood.”