A unique aspect of Emerson House is its three distinct resident environments. Located on the ground floor of Emerson House are the administrative offices, kitchen, laundry facilities, conference room, and our Lower Terrace Residential area. This is an intimate space for seven residents that mirrors an adult care home and is perfect for residents who like the security of a smaller environment. Above us are the two residential floors with capacity for 24 residents on each floor. The 2nd and 3rd floors are identical in layout, but like the first floor each has its own distinctive look and personality.
The 2nd floor (Middle Terrace) is designated for residents who are more advanced in their dementia and have special behavioral and daily care needs. Our RN and our Resident Care Coordinator have their office on the 2nd floor. The 3rd floor (Upper Terrace) is designated for residents who are more independent and can do many things for themselves with minimal assistance or verbal cuing. The 3rd floor also has our beauty/barber salon which is used by all residents in the building. These larger residential areas on our upper floors are important for people who need more space to move around in and more opportunity for social interaction. The three environments also give us the ability to design Life Enrichment programs for the special needs of all our residents.
When you step off the elevator and onto one of our upper floors, you will immediately find yourself in the great room area of our residents’ home. This is the hub where all activities, meals and day to day living takes place. Open dining and activity rooms and perimeter hallways allow residents to move freely and easily through their home, settling where they like to enjoy a book, a conversation or one of our many daily scheduled activities. Although all food is cooked in the large commercial kitchen on the ground floor, kitchenettes off of each upper floor dining room help maintain the home-like atmosphere and to store snacks and midnight treats for residents who are unable to sleep. For first floor residents, this need is met by their proximity to the kitchen itself. All of the upper floor resident rooms are located around the perimeter of the building. Large windows in each room provide ample natural light and scenic neighborhood views. Additionally each of our upper residential floors has a secure, enclosed balcony for residents and families to enjoy.