Westminster Village celebrates health center renovation

2011-04-29T23:18:00Z 2011-04-30T17:23:24Z Westminster Village celebrates health center renovationBy Paul Swiech | pswiech@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

BLOOMINGTON — Martin Health Center, the skilled nursing facility of Westminster Village, has received a $5.1 million facelift.

The renovation and expansion project was celebrated Friday with tours and an open house at 2025 E. Lincoln St.

“We are a 30-year-old business that was starting to look 30 years old,” said Westminster Village Executive Director Lynn DeCair during a tour of the skilled nursing facility. “It was time for a facelift.”

Donna Rae Alsene, 79, who lives in a Westminster Village apartment with her husband, Ed, was pleased with the outcome.

“It seems so much roomier, and the new entrance is great,” she said.

The Alsenes come to Martin Health Center to use the new wellness and therapy center, which is open to all 310 Westminster residents, including those of the duplex units, independent living apartments and licensed assisted living apartments.

Martin Health Center windows and siding have been replaced — and insulation has been added — to improve the building’s energy efficiency, modernize its appearance and improve residents’ comfort, said DeCair and Zach Wiese with Legat Architects.

All 40 resident rooms have been renovated. Work included enlarging restrooms.

“The room came out great,” said Jeane Wilson, 78, who has been a Martin Health Center resident for two years.

Wilson also likes the refurbished dining room, which doubled in size for meals and activities, and the new reception area, which includes a “gorgeous” lounge with a fireplace.

Other upgrades include a renovated entrance with a covered canopy and replacing a physical therapy room with the wellness and therapy center.

The old room was for residents who needed doctor-ordered physical therapy. The new center — under the direction of wellness program coordinator Molly Householder — is for any Westminster resident who wants to exercise.

“Wellness is coming to the forefront in our industry,” DeCair said. “A retirement facility should be a place to live and grow and stay healthy and active for as long as possible.”

Donna Rae Alsene demonstrated — under Householder’s guidance — how she uses the leg extension machine and the NuStep machine that works her arms and legs.

“I have more energy when I’m done exercising,” she said. “I can get more done.”

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