$4.5 Million Renovation Project Complete at Friendship Village of South Hills

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Enhancements at Health Center First Stage of Nearly $15 Million Improvement Plan at Senior Living Community

Renovated living room, one of many changes at Friendship Village of South Hills

Renovated living room, one of many changes at Friendship Village of South Hills

The renovations advance our care and wellness programs, provide new and engaging activities, and create an environment that meets the changing expectations of older adults so they can live the lifestyle they prefer.

Step inside the Health Center at Friendship Village of South Hills or look at “before and after” photos, and you may find it hard to believe it’s the same place. On October 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., an open house welcomes the public and media to explore the $4.5 million renovation project at the senior living community. The project gives the Health Center a whole new look and feel. Renovations include the complete remodeling of all resident rooms, lounges, staff work areas and the therapy room. In addition, a new activities room includes an innovative roofing system to maximize comfort and energy efficiency.

“We’re excited about the changes and the benefits it delivers for not only residents, but also for staff,” says Bobbi Jo Haden, Senior Executive Director at Friendship Village. “The renovations advance our care and wellness programs, provide new and engaging activities, and create an environment that meets the changing expectations of older adults so they can live the lifestyle they prefer.”

The renovations modernize many features and amenities in the living and working areas of the Health Center. The new activities room includes a translucent roofing system that allows diffused natural sunlight into the room. Designed for comfort, the system also provides structural integrity and optimal energy efficiency. Other features include an open ADA-compliant kitchenette area where residents can participate in food-related activities.

“The renovations provide a combination of warmth and sophistication,” Haden says. “Today’s older adults have a more modern mentality, and they want a more involved and enriching lifestyle experience. The Health Center renovations are designed to reflect these changing attitudes and desires.”

The next stage of enhancements at Friendship Village is a $10 million renovation to the commons areas of the community. The project will include a new café and wine bar, expanded auditorium and fitness center, new lounge areas, and other improvements. The community is in the process of making plans for a ground breaking ceremony, which will come sometime after the Health Center open house on October 10.

The Health Center and commons areas are part of Friendship Village, a Life Care community. The senior living community provides a variety of lifestyle options, from independent living apartments and carriage homes to skilled nursing and memory care. Amenities at the community include a fitness center, movie theater, art studio, adjoining golf course and more.

“The transformations make for a very active time at the community, but it’s fitting with the lifestyle of residents at Friendship Village,” Haden says. “We look forward to realizing the benefits from the Health Center renovations and what’s to come with the further additions and enhancements at the community.”

About Friendship Village of South Hills
Friendship Village, located at 1290 Boyce Road in Upper St. Clair, provides seniors with a unique lifestyle experience and a variety of residence options, including maintenance-free independent living apartments and carriage homes. As a Life Care community, with unlimited access to long-term care, residents also have options such as rehabilitation, including occupational, physical and speech therapy, as well as memory care and skilled nursing care, if ever needed. Residents enjoy a full range of services and amenities such as a health club, art studio, movie theater and more. Additional information is available about Friendship Village of South Hills by calling (724) 941-3100 or by visiting http://www.FriendshipVillagePA.com.

About Lifespace Communities
Friendship Village is owned and operated by Lifespace Communities, Inc. Founded in 1976, Lifespace Communities, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a not-for-profit corporation that has grown to operate 12 continuing care retirement communities in seven states, serving more than 5,000 residents and employing 2,500 team members. Communities are located in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Florida. The organization is recognized by the LeadingAge Ziegler Top 100 as the seventh largest not-for-profit senior living provider system in the country. For more information about Lifespace and its communities, visit http://www.LifespaceCommunities.com.

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