By Jessica Tuggle
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Renovations for turning the Senior Resource Association's Schumann Center in Vero Beach into an adult day care facility are nearing completion.
Construction in the restroom facilities are nearly complete, one of the biggest changes needed to the existing center, said Karen Deigl, president and CEO of the Senior Resource Association.
If all goes smoothly, the transition from two small adult day care buildings in Indian River County to one large facility for more than 70 people will be completed this fall, Ms. Deigl said.
The Senior Resource Association currently hosts its adult day care program in a 1952 retrofitted house which has become functionally obsolete, and the changes to the Schumann Center are designed specifically to help meet the needs of the day care clients, a press release said.
After the renovations are complete and a certificate of occupancy is obtained, Ms. Deigl said licensing paperwork with the Agency for Health Care Administration must be submitted and reviewed, and the facility inspected. Subsequently, the facility could be occupied.
"The chairs, sofas, table and other furniture being acquired for the facility are all health care quality furniture," Ms. Deigl said. "It is especially designed to meet the needs of our clientele. It will be comfortable for them to get up and down without help."
A $100,000 grant from the local women's philanthropy group, Impact 100, was pivotal to getting the project moving, Ms. Deigl said.
Other renovations that are in progress, or are already completed are new fire alarms and secure exits, mobile room partitions, a shower room for providing personal care and an outdoor garden.
"As opposed to a generally landscaped and maintained garden area, the Schumann Center will have a 'meandering' garden, one specifically designed to be therapeutic and healing for the clients," Ms. Deigl said.
The garden's colors, surfaces and plants will be chosen with the help of a specialized landscape artist that has designed gardens of this nature for similar facilities.
The project itself will be put to bid at the appropriate time, possibly after the building renovations are completed.
For more information about the Senior Resource Association, visit www.seniorresourceassociation.org.