Cottages of Lake St. Louis owned by Focused Senior Communities, is redefining the delivery of skilled-nursing in our community. The radically new, untraditional skilled-nursing facility is designed to resemble single-family homes in a traditional residential neighborhood. The cul-de-sac neighborhood will consist of six homes featuring an open kitchen, central dining rooms, cozy family rooms with fireplace, den, spa and ten private rooms with en-suite full baths. Another home-like touch is the large landscaped patios with lush gardens and walking paths around the 5.2-acre community.
In this non-traditional setting, residents are cared for by a small, dedicated team of caregivers. In this intimate setting caregivers notice health changes much sooner than in a traditional nursing home allowing for earlier intervention. Similar to traditional skilled-nursing facilities, Green House homes require the necessary life safety systems. As an innovator in technology solutions, Tech Electronics was tapped to design and install the fire and security systems for the revolutionary skilled-nursing facility.
Innovative Solutions for Innovative Care
To avoid giving homes a more institutional feel, Tech Electronics set out to design a custom fire alarm network that would meet the code requirements of a traditional skilled-nursing facility while keeping the authenticity of the homes intact. Therefore, each home has a stand-alone commercial fire panel which is hidden from the view of the residents and monitored by the fire panel in the administration building.
In addition, the security of residents, staff, and property is delivered through discreet multi-technology access readers. The web-based application provides convenient mobile access and a user-friendly operation for an out-of-the-box solution. As a result, users can control and secure access through a mobile app on their iPhone or Android.
The custom technology is among the many amenities that help provide residents with a home away from home. The Cottages of Lake St. Louis is the first Green House model skilled-nursing facility in Missouri and opened its doors in January.