Looking to expand its faith-based services, Methodist Retirement Communities identified the need for a well-designed senior living community in the Fort Worth market. Potential (and current) residents wanted a resort atmosphere with amenities that promote socializing, spirituality, and healthy living. In addition to supporting active adults, the community needed to provide a vibrant lifestyle for assisted living and memory support residents. The design team worked with the client to develop a master plan that reflects the best in senior living trends with thoughtful connections between the senior living community and the surrounding mixed use neighborhood development. Creating harmony between buildings and minimizing travel distances for residents were prioritized throughout the planning process. Maximizing daylight and indoor/outdoor connections was also a priority. The planning reinforces the wellness focus of the community – creating destinations to keep residents active, mobile, and connected.
Art is at the heart of the greater Fort Worth community, and this community’s curated collection provides wayfinding cues and brand moments. Dramatic pieces create a sense of arrival at distinct destinations, such as a commissioned painting of a historic Fort Worth Oak Tree in the main lobby. Lounging, gathering and dining spaces are layered to naturally flow from one to the next providing enticing glimpses that invite residents and guests deeper into the community experience.
The cozy lobby of Assisted Living features comfortable furnishings and lively artwork. The modern desk seamlessly integrates a workspace within the homelike setting. A front porch area welcomes visitors to the memory care entrance.
The Fort Worth Room in independent living provides a gathering space for a variety of resident’s needs, such as board and committee groups, chapel services, and privacy for family meetings.
Dining highlights include a spacious lounge-style Grab-n-Go area just beyond the lobby. A lightbox integrated into the counter is a tool for residents to know when this venue is open or closed.
Desirable amenity destinations and outdoor connections are integrated at every level of care. In Assisted Living, two floors of residents are encouraged to gather and connect in the main floor communal dining and multipurpose room.
Greers Landing is a casual dining space offers a variety of comfortable seating options and features an open kitchen concept. This allows the culinary team to display food preparation as though residents were at home in the kitchen with family. An innovative detail is a striking chef’s table with a hidden secret: undercounter frost equipment and induction warming equipment.
Inspired by the Texas Hill Country design aesthetic, the interior design reinforces the textural palette with nature-inspired hues and metallic accents, while clean lines, eye-catching light fixtures, and dramatic art selections infuse a contemporary appeal.
Amenities, space planning, and design details focus on socializing, spirituality, and healthy living. Art is a notable feature for the community as well as the swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, salon and spa services, dog park, gardens, and pickleball courts. Dining plays a key role in the family-focused concept of this community—an important aspect of elevating resident life.