The Sarah Community’s plans for a newly designed facility for individualized skilled nursing in St. Louis, Mo. are underway, with St. Andrew’s Management Services and architectural firm The Lawrence Group, Hercules Construction Management Company and BSI Constructors slated to build the new Anna House, currently one of the nation’s top nursing homes.
The project has an estimated cost of $17 million, with groundbreaking occurring soon. Construction is expected to take a year.
The concept for Anna House reflects the movement toward individualized care services for elders in a neighborhood concept rather than an institutionalized setting, according to the Sarah Community, a service provider of long-term care and retirement options for older adults. This includes residents having more privacy, having food services available similar to in a home setting, having a living room area, and actively participating in all decisions regarding care.
“St. Andrew’s Management Services assisted in the development of Anna House since its opening in 1997 making many progressive renovations to improve the quality of care and living experience our residents,” said Diane Meatheany, St. Andrew’s Chief Operating Officer, in a statement.
The updated design of the Anna House structure will enhance the continuum of care and connect the Anna House skilled nursing home to the Veronica House assisted living apartments and Naomi House retirement apartments.
Anna House was one of 18 nursing homes from across the country selected for U.S. News and World Report 2011 Nursing Honor Roll, and has received four straight quarters of perfect 5-star ratings from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), based on facility health inspections, nurse staffing, and quality of care.
Written by Alyssa Gerace