A New Fitzgerald Building is Emerging
“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” Simple words from author Jessica Harrelson about this time of year, words we can also use to characterize what we now see in Fitzgerald, the facility that houses Arbor Acres’ skilled nursing and memory care areas. As spring blossoms outside, inside a building that’s been filled with temporary walls and closed off hallways, wrapped in dust and construction debris, the cocoon of transformation is finally opening. New life is emerging in the beautiful new space. Finally, the fruits of many years of planning are being born into reality.
Once called East Court, the new Willingham Court, has materialized as a marvelous new space full of nature, sunlight, and life. The removal of the temporary walls around the common area where resident halls converge is revealing to residents, their families, and staff the first glance at what the reimagining of Fitzgerald is really all about.
Stone gardens, plant beds, and expansive openness have transformed the frustration of construction into lively excitement surrounding the rebirth of our space that’s home to the frailest of residents. The blurring of lines between the outside and inside is no longer a concept, the redesigned spaces, meant to be park like settings for residents, are within feet of residents’ newly renovated homes. The resident rooms are complete with large picture windows, added light, visual doorways to the outside world.
Yes it is spring, but this year much more is blooming at Arbor Acres than perhaps ever before. The promise of sunshine on a fragile face, the joy of nature at one’s aged fingertips, the wide open, colorful space these residents now call home is alive. Our residents in need of the most care, are witnessing the reveal of enhancements to embrace them with love, light and life. It may be hard to imagine renewal and rebirth in a place often associated with the final stages of life, but now the moments spent inside Fitzgerald will prove the promise of spring’s beauty can live year round. As Lady Bird Johnson said, “where flowers bloom, so does hope.”