Living Well Residence's building in Bristol is a 105-year-old Victorian Farmhouse that is indistinguishable from the other Victorian and vintage homes that dot the street. Shy of a ramp leading to the front door, few passerby would recognize it as a residential care facility. That is intentional. The staff has gone out of its way to create a homey environment for its current 13 residents that supports a family-like atmosphere behind its doors, while being equally inviting to the immediate neighborhood. We believe that being a purposeful part of a larger community is fundamental to a feeling of emotional well-being. That is why many of the programs and activities offered to our elders at Living Well Residence involve regular interaction with neighbors, local youth, and volunteers.
When we purchased this facility, the bathroom configurations were grandfathered into the existing usage for a residential care home. We have done some minor repairs over the years, but this is our opportunity to truly improve the facility for residents, staff, and families. Currently, we keep commodes in the residents' rooms, so if the baths are occupied, they need to utilize the commode. This project will make the bathrooms more accessible, reduce residents' anxiety over the current toileting regime, and help preserve residents' dignity.
Part of the challenge of renovating and altering an older farmhouse is that most renovations require top-to-bottom repair. The house currently has one full and one half-bath for the 13 staff and 13 residents. This project will create a second, fully handicapped-accessible, ADA compliant, half-bath and completely renovate and bring up to code the existing full bath. The current full bath will need to be taken down to the studs and reinforced due to unseen water damage. Any renovation and/or construction must comply with ADA and code requirements, and now that we are undertaking these renovations, we have the opportunity to bring all existing baths up to both ADA and local codes.
We hope you will consider supporting this project that will increase the health, safety, and gross national happiness of our residents now and in the years to come. The total cost of this project is $50,000. We have raised approximately $22,000 and need your help to take us closer to the finish line. Thank You.