2 Jun 20230 Comments
Already home to Wartburg’s independent living, assisted living, and award-winning nursing home care, the new Berkemeier Living Center—opening this fall on their Mount Vernon campus—will feature 64 state-of-the-art residences (32 private and 32 companion suites), and will focus on providing resources to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The residences will resemble small-scale households, providing an intimate and comfortable feel for residents, staff, and families. Key planning elements such as short walking distances, oversized windows for increased natural light, and enhanced views are a part of the design to help support a healing environment. Additionally, each household features its own living, dining and kitchen area, as well as gathering spaces. The first-floor lobby and gallery will display elements of Wartburg’s rich history including Berkemeier artifacts from the original structure. The first level will also include an event area and music therapy room, along with a healing garden at the rear yard with seating and community space.
The Living Center will benefit from the nearby nursing and rehabilitation centers on campus to accommodate residents’ needs. The building will be LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, meaning it is exemplary in conserving energy, lowering operating costs and being healthy for occupants.
The Center is named to honor Wartburg’s second President, Reverend Dr. Gottlieb C. Berkemeier, who served for 36 years and raised the profile of The Wartburg Orphans’ Farm School, helping it to become one of the foremost institutions of its kind.
To learn more about the Berkemeier Living Center or any of the other Wartburg senior living communities, call 914-699-0800 or visit Wartburg.org