diagram showing the Lutheran Home’s planned expansion through
the next five years.
Home to begin $30 million expansion
By Kevin Kelley
Published Aug. 10, 2005
Lutheran Home, a Westlake institution on Dover Center Road since
the 1930s, plans to break ground for a $30 million expansion early
The projects which begin in a few weeks make up only the first phase
of an ambitious three-phase expansion which will cost about $65
million over the next ten years.
Major aspects of the present expansion include:
A skilled nursing facility offering subacute, rehabilitation
and hospice care in 56 suites, most of which will be private. This
facility will be called "The Paragon."
An assisted living facility for persons in the early stages
of dementia. Called "The Coburg," this structure will initially
consist of 24 suites and can be expanded to 40.
A central activity center called "Main Street" which will
feature a café, new chapel, theater and Internet-connected
Three existing facilities the chronic long-term care center,
the Alzheimer's and dementia skilled care center, and the wellness
center will also be renovated as part of the Phase I expansion.
Bruce, executive director of the Lutheran Home, with a model
detailing the facility’s planned expansion.
(Photo by Kevin Kelley)
expanded wellness center will offer short-term rehabilitation services
on an outpatient basis, explained Dennis Bruce, executive director
of the Lutheran Home. Such services will include occupational, speech
and physical therapy, including aquatic therapy.
"We're supporting the concept of being able to maintain your own
independence in your own residence as long as possible," Bruce said.
"But when you need support services, you can come to the campus
and get that specialized care."
Bruce described Main Street as being a destination place where residents
can host grandchildren and other family members who visit.
"(Main Street) is the center of the community with its social, recreation
and spiritual life," he said.
in the building will be designed with a wheelchair-bound individual
in mind, Bruce said.
built, Main Street will host some non-human residents as well. Three
large finch aviaries, a 1,100-gallon, 21-foot long aquarium and
a duck pond with a waterfall will be key conversation items for
residents and visitors.
The wheelchair-accessible theater will have surround sound and 20
model of the bronze, life-size sculpture which will be located
outside “Main Street,” the focal point of community at the Lutheran
Home. The sculpture, designed by Columbus-based artist Steve
Cannato, shows an elderly couple supporting each other and receiving
the gift of peace from the hand of God.
the main entrance to Main Street will be a life-size bronze sculpture
depicting an elderly couple supporting each other and receiving
the gift of peace from the hand of God. An inscription will read
"I give you peace."
About $25 million of the money needed for Phase I will have to be
borrowed, Bruce said. The Lutheran Home plans to apply to the city
of Westlake to be the issuing authority for bonds to fund the project,
he said. If Westlake City Council approves the application, the
bonds would be backed by a letter of credit from a bank.
phases of expansion consist of construction of assisted living apartments
for the physically frail and independent living apartments for seniors.
These projects will be built as early as 2010, Bruce said.
The expansion represents the Lutheran Homes' commitment to older
adults, particularly those over 80, a fast-growing section of the
population, Bruce said.
"This is a major investment in the community, in the quality of
life for older adults," Bruce said.
Contrary to some people's misconception, the Lutheran Home is open
to people of all faiths.
"In fact, we're very ecumenical," Bruce said. "We have 40 percent
from the Catholic faith, about 35 Lutheran, and other faiths make
up the difference."
Run by a board of directors, the institution is governed by local