Panorama residents welcome new center

The Panorama retirement community has just completed its latest addition - a $22.5 million Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center that can be home for up to 155 residents.

It took five years to plan and build the new skilled nursing facility with input from Panorama residents. It replaces an outdated convalescent center on the 140-acre campus and helps Panorama live up to its billing as a continuing care retirement community.

Built on the site of a former golf course, the campus includes 860 homes and apartments where most of the 1,100 residents live independently.

However, there comes a time in most people’s lives where independent living is no longer feasible.

The Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center increases the options for Panorama residents, including those who find their health care needs, or those of their partner, varying greatly with time.

The new nursing home makes it easier for Panorama residents to stay in close touch with friends and family members living in the retirement community.

The building has an area reserved for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Also in the two-story, 10,000 square-foot center are a therapy gym, beauty shop, restaurant-style dining rooms, visiting rooms and more space for staff members, which include 178 of Panorama’s 381 employees.

The new center is a welcome and logical addition to Panorama, a nonprofit corporation operating a retirement community in Lacey for more than 42 years.