This assisted living facility in Ohio is going viral—and for good reason.
The Lantern Of Chagrin Valley facilities (there are three locations in the area) has rooms designed to look like houses on a golf course. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, the point is to help residents feel more at home.
Compared to your average retirement or assisted living facility, this place looks so much more inviting and calming. The hallway features a ceiling painted like the sky, porches and even porch lights that turn on at night.
As the News-Herald points out, the setup is designed specifically for those with Alzheimer’s disease. The facility looks like a small neighborhood from the 1930s-40s, as it may be comforting for patients to be taken back in time.
“Every little thing you see — the wall color, the paint — actually has a therapeutic benefit, a therapeutic value,” CEO and occupational therapist Jean Makesh told the publication.
But, the grand purpose of all of this is “to find a way to get these people back home,” Makesh told News-Herald.
While Makesh will be watching to see the effects of the environment, there’s no question it gives some peace of mind to the patients and their families. And that’s just the kind of thing they need.