Arbor Building Group recently delivered space for 33 new residents to Atria Senior Living. The new space, part of Atria's Davis, CA, Covell Garden location, will be used for Atria's internationally-recognized memory-care program. The residential units and associated areas were designed and constructed using Atria's exacting standards in order to provide a Life Guidance area that is safe and secure, where individuals facing the challenges of dementia can receive the care they need.
The $1.8 million renovation was designed by Sacramento-based Moniz Architects with structural engineering performed by Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers. Significant structural changes to the existing three-story, type 5 structure, were required in order to accommodate the new program areas while the top two floors of the facility remained occupied. The 18-week project added several new additions to the facility, including an elevator, fitness center, library, beauty salon, preparation and demonstration kitchens, activity center, outdoor courtyard, and expanded living and dining areas.
The 65+ senior population in the United States has outpaced all other age groups over the course of the last decade, indicating that the trend toward an aging America is continuing, including the country’s “oldest old” population, generally referring to individuals aged 85 or older. According to estimates from the Alzheimer's Association, the number of Americans aged 65 and older diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is projected to increase from 5.1 million in 2010 to 13.5 million over the next thirty years. The costs of providing care to these patients is also expected to increase dramatically, growing from $127 billion in 2010 to $1.078 trillion by 2050. In 2009, the average assisted living facility charged an average of $4,556 per month for memory care, while traditional assisted living services were significantly lower, at $3,216 per month.