Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village residents move to new home

Nursing care and rehabilitation residents at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village are now living in their new home.

Earlier this month, staff members of the Lewisburg Diakon senior living community-along with transportation and related assistance from staff colleagues from numerous other Diakon senior living centers-relocated 94 residents from the village’s old nursing care center to a new health care center, constructed behind and attached to the community’s personal care center.

“The move of residents went extremely well and was accomplished in just one morning,” said Jeanne Oski, vice president for Diakon Senior Living Services.

Busses from the Buffalo Valley village and a number of other Diakon senior living communities, as well as an ambulance from a local EMS company, transported nursing care and rehabilitation residents the short distance across campus to the recently completed, two-story health care center.

The new center features a neighborhood concept, which creates a more homelike and less “institutional” aspect. The building consists of five neighborhoods, four residential and one devoted to short-term rehabilitation.

Each includes a private country kitchen and common living area.

The design is such that even shared suites have enhanced privacy, because the bathroom area separates the two beds. The concept will allow Buffalo Valley staff members to emphasize patient-centered care.

The building provides 102 beds of nursing care in a mix of private and shared accommodations, with 22 of the private rooms dedicated to short-term rehabilitation services.

The new center also features a state-of-the-art, 1,900-square-foot physical therapy suite to assist residents with rehabilitation.

The former nursing care center, built in 1968, will eventually be demolished for parking.

The new health care center was dedicated at an event held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.