Paul Goldenberg • Richard S. Ziman Special Care Center
Environment plays an important role in caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Because dementia robs its victims of memory and cognitive and motor skills, the warmth and reassurance of “home” are vital. Many dementia care facilities sacrifice a home-like feeling in the interests of safety and security, while others provide a home-like environment but do not provide significant medical services.
Fortunately, Los Angeles Jewish Health’s Goldenberg•Ziman Special Care Center is a trailblazer on every front, leading the way in providing comfort without compromising safety and medical care.
The Goldenberg•Ziman Center was designed in response to the most advanced research about how patients’ physical environment affects their behavior, sense of well-being, and even disease symptoms.
Since many people living with dementia may control agitation levels through wandering and constant motion, the Center’s floor plans incorporate a circular shape, ensuring that residents never come to a dead-end which could potentially cause debilitating confusion.
The building, with its pastel palatte, offers residents a comforting environment where they can enjoy various programs and mental stimulation.
The exterior features are “softened” with a pitched roof and lovely portico that are reassuringly traditional. Skylights and large windows provide the comfort of natural light. Beautiful exterior landscaping is visible from inside the building at virtually every turn.