The Village all lit up on Friday night

Worth Knowing: A peek inside The Village

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On Friday night The Village at White River Junction invited the public inside to see what the assisted living/memory care facility looks like after more than 2 years of construction. And you know what? It is amazing. All 87,000 square feet of it. Here are some photos from inside The Village's five floors.

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The Memory Care portion of The Village is located on the second floor and contains 30 resident apartments, 2 lounges, 2 dining rooms, various activity rooms and a roof garden.

Here is a model Memory Care unit. You can't see the bathroom, but it's to the left of the bed. 

Residents of the Memory Care floor will enjoy taking meals in the Olcott Dining Room. 

Olcott Dining Room

Or in the Wilder Dining Room. 

They'll also have access to the Activity Kitchen. A sign that had been placed on the wall for the opening read:

Many Memory Care residents tend to lose their appetite during their journey in dementia. Engaging in activities with food, such as cooking, kneading or baking can trigger appetite. The careful guidance of care staff also ensures the resident has an opportunity to engage with staff, thereby improving the connection and creating a moment for the sharing of stories.

There's a fresh coat of green paint on the walls in the hallway and the doors are painted in various shades of orange, blue and yellow. 

In addition to the 30 Memory Care units on the 2nd floor, The Village has 50 apartment units spread throughout the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors for individuals who desire an Assisted Living arrangement.  There are 41 on-bedroom units and 9 two-bedroom units. Each apartment has a bedroom (or two in some cases), living room and kitchen area. Most are one-bedroom units, but there are 

The third floor has 19 resident apartment units, as well as a gym, salon and spa, a hydro therapy treatment room, an art studio and a kitchen that are available for use by the residents. 

The gym

The salon where hair cuts and styling and manicures and pedicures will be available

Hydro therapy

Smith & Sons Kitchen

Residents will be able to cook and share meals with visitors and other residents in the Smith & Sons Kitchen.

The fourth floor contains 17 apartment units and several multi-use spaces. There's the Crockwell Art Gallery right next to the Miller Stage. 

Crockwell Art Gallery

Miller Stage

There's also a fully stocked art studio. 

Abbott Art Studio

But most surprising of all, there is a dog grooming room that is adorned with Stephen Huneck artworks and an outdoor terrace for dogs to do their business on. 

There are 14 resident apartments on the 5th floor. The rest of the floor is mostly about entertainment. 

There's a library, a pub, a cinema and an outdoor terrace that is bound to be well used in the warmer months. 

The pub

The pub's lounge

Lyric Cinema

This is a model apartment in the Assisted Living portion of The Village. 

Apartment kitchen

This is an awful lot to absorb . . . there are so many different spaces for so many different activities and so much thought that's been put into the layout. And it really looks fantastic. If I can afford to move there in 20 years, I think I'd be quite happy!

The Village is expected to start operating in mid- to late-January. A dozen units  have been rented and are split between Memory Care and Assisted Living. 

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