In early November 2017, Runk & Pratt celebrated the opening of its newest Senior Living Community called “Pearls of Life”: A Memory Support Community at Liberty Ridge in Lynchburg,
Just across the street from the existing Runk & Pratt community at Liberty Ridge, this state-of-the-art community is specifically built to care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Alzheimer’s and dementia present unique, difficult problems that many at-home care providers or family members eventually find insurmountable. This is why Runk & Pratt comes alongside families to provide the absolute highest level of care for those seniors that need it most.
The building itself is designed to facilitate the care of our seniors in a number of ways, including a community area called Main Street, designed to look like an old-fashioned line of shops. There are also two enclosed outdoor gardens and a central patio where residents can safely enjoy sunshine and fresh air. Windows and skylights are throughout the building to maximize the natural light. Furnishings are classic yet comfortable, so seniors feel right at home as soon as they walk through the door. Our Pearls of Life community also includes several multi-sensory life skill centers equipped with familiar objects, such as a rotary telephone, display train set (pictured above left), military uniforms, as well as vintage ovens, cabinets, cribs, and washing machines.
This new community will also feature one-of-a-kind advances in technology that aid in Memory Support, including two Snoezelen rooms, an industry-leading concept that helps sooth Alzheimer’s patients and promote positive interactions with staff and family members. Hallways will feature interactive environments where residents can draw shapes, play games, and move objects around simply by touching the wall. Each month our full-time activity coordinator creates unique, stimulating experiences for our residents. Activities include musical guests, holiday festivities, exercise classes, pet visits, bingo and trivia games, arts and crafts, worship services, local outings, birthday parties, and much more! A full calendar of events creates a stable daily rhythm and engages the various functions of the mind, all while decreasing restlessness. All of these efforts, combined with ongoing patient love and kindness from our skilled staff, make Pearls of Life at Liberty Ridge the absolute best environment for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia in our area.