The Lantern of Chagrin Valley is one of three amazing facilities. Located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio it is designed specifically for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Nursing Home Looks Normal Outside – Inside Designed As A 1940s Neighborhood
Designed to look like small houses with porches leading out to a golf course. The living facility feels like a community in the 1940s. With incredible attention to detail, Lantern is an incredibly unique living facility.
Environment Has Therapeutic Benefit
Using special fiber optics in the ceiling, the facility recreates a special daylight and starry sky atmosphere in the building.The floors are painted green to represent the grass, and an array of sound effects such as bird chirps are played throughout.“Every little thing you see, the wall color, the paint, actually has a therapeutic benefit, a therapeutic value,” CEO Jean Makesh said. As a trained occupational therapist, Makesh has created the perfect environment for these special patients.
After learning how controlled environments can lead to major reductions in anxiety, anger, and depression in Alzheimer and dementia patients, Makesh decided to create a facility that incorporated these ideas into a constructive living experience.Moreover, Lantern provides residents with an assortment of daily classes to help them re-learn and retain basic skills and functions.“I take them back to those memories. I create a time capsule. It enables them to embrace everything around them,” said Makesh.
Makesh hopes that his contributions in rehabilitation will produce a large amount of positive change.Using this controlled setting, Makesh believes he will be able to slow the progression of similar diseases.With this facility that recreates the feel and experiences these special patients may have once lived, Makesh is bringing new hope to challenging age-related disease.