Staff of Pearl Essence, from left, Ruth Morisette, Lenah Robles, Taylor Seals, Adriane Evert, Marsha Sloan, Katie Blomquist and Angel Davis pose at the opening of Pearl Essence May 8.
LARGO – Cypress Palms, an assisted living community within the Palms of Largo campus, reopened its state-of-the-art Pearl Essence memory care community May 8.
First opened in 2009, Pearl Essence is the first residential memory care community in the county designed exclusively for women. Pearl Essence offers 27 Alzheimer’s and dementia care apartments. A variety of studio, one-bedroom and friendship suites are available on a month-to-month lease.
“We are proud of the major renovation completed at Pearl Essence,” said Pradeep Muley, executive director of Cypress Palms. “The expansion of Pearl Essence is an extension of our memory care offerings at Cypress Palms and enables us to offer our innovative programming and therapies in a custom designed area that engages our residents’ senses to enhance their lives.”
The refurbished interiors feature expanded lobby and lounge areas with raised elliptical ceilings and recessed cove lighting, a redesigned kitchen and dining area and a new sun porch. The interiors include custom painted works by Tampa-based fine art, mural and faux artist Fran Clanton, including faux painted sky murals on the ceilings, paintings of simulated windows along several corridors and a local Florida scenic mural. The property also features “outdoor porches” in the corridors, designed to help engage the residents’ visual senses and bring the feeling of the outdoors inside.
Other special designed features include motion sensor and sound-activated musician niches with paintings of top performers from the 1930s and 1940s and memory boxes at each resident’s apartment entry for wayfinding.
The Pearl Essence community provides hospitality features and services such as a family-style dining area and club lounge, a grand living room with library and life enrichment activities and programs, including outings and a chapel/meditation room. Resident services include weekly housekeeping, weekly personal laundry and transportation, as needed. Some apartments have partial kitchens with sink and efficiency refrigerators.
Pearl Essence provides residents a self-contained environment and operates utilizing the philosophy of Pearls of Life, a national dementia program that provides personalized care plans in a home-like environment. The Pearls of Life program also focuses on the daily successes and new experiences of each memory care resident.
Pearl Essence memory care completes the continuum of care that Cypress Palms offers for area seniors. The Goodman Group, the development and management company for Cypress Palms and The Palms of Largo campus, have been developing purpose-built memory care communities in beautiful, resort-style residential settings for nearly 50 years.