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DESIGN 2011 Merit Winner: Eden Rehabilitation Suites and Eden Green House Homes, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

March 25, 2011
by Sandra Hoban, Executive Editor
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Julie Heiberger, Project Architect • Hoffman, LLC

Congratulations to all Citation of Merit winners!

The new Eden Meadows campus is the culmination of in-depth planning, design, construction, and organizational strategies between Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh (LHO) stakeholders and its architectural and construction management partner, Hoff man, LLC. A Wisconsin leader in senior care looking to expand its existing services, LHO acquired 77 additional acres just a few miles from its original campus. According to Julie Heiberger, project architect, LHO now provides person-centered care on its Eden Meadows campus—Eden Rehabilitation Suites and two Eden Green House® Homes, the first facilities of their kind in Wisconsin.

“Eden Rehabilitation Suites offers short-stay therapy in a pleasant and healing-oriented environment,” says Heiberger. A state-of-the-art facility, the Rehabilitation Suites provide the latest in therapy services in a convenient, comfortable, and healing atmosphere for up to 30 residents. “Whether recovering from surgery, illness, or accident, care is provided within a homelike atmosphere,” explains Heiberger. She adds that the facility was designed to provide private rooms that include European (barrier-free) bathrooms in their design. “To conserve water, bathrooms were fitted with low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual-flush toilets here and in the Green House Homes” she adds.

Heiberger reflects that since short-stay residents are on their way to recovery and back into their daily lives, amenities like a bistro with outdoor patio seating and a fireplace in each household dining room offer residents, their guests, and staff an area to socialize, relax, and recover from a therapeutic workout. A courtyard garden area also offers clients refreshing and rehabilitating connection to nature and the outdoors.
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“Of course,” says Heiberger, “the primary purpose is providing therapy to Eden Rehabilitation’s residents, out-patient clients and, in some cases, the Green House residents. The facility’s main therapy room, which is bright and energetic due to the natural light from coming in through the skylight above, offers the latest in rehab equipment and programming. “We worked closely with LHO’s rehab service provider to arrive at the many program needs; from access to the outdoors, how to accommodate therapy space for getting in and out of resident’s own car, bathing and cooking accommodations, to staff space and storage. The layout of Eden Rehabilitation provides for access directly from the two households in addition to the entry directly off the main lobby. The direct household access allows staff to use the serving kitchens as program space for occupational therapy.”

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Sandra Hoban has been on Long-Term Living’s editorial staff for 17 years. She is one of...