St. Margaret’s Daughters Home at Mercy and Team Gleason House for Innovative Living
The St. Margaret’s Daughters Home at Mercy is a new 4-story, 115,156 SF, 116-bed skilled nursing facility located at the site of the former Lindy Boggs Medical Office Buildings. The existing buildings were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and had remained closed since the storm. The new facility will contain 100 resident rooms that will be broken up into six separate “households” which will each have their own unique look and feel.
In order to make residents feel as at home as possible, a variety of design components are introduced including:
Different interior finishes will be selected for each of the six households so that each has its own personality.
Each household will contain a community “country kitchen” fully stocked with appliances and pantry space for residents who enjoy cooking. For those who would rather have their meals prepared for them, a 2,000 SF kitchen on the 1st floor will be fully staffed to prepare meals that can be served at the community dining rooms located within each household.
Each of the households will contain community meeting areas with a fireplace, laundry facilities, and full-time healthcare staff.
The facility will include a convenience store, community wellness center, activity rooms, a hair salon, library, and a chapel.
For those who enjoy the outdoors there will be two large outdoor gardens as well as an open-air courtyard located in the center of the building.
Another critical component of the facility includes an 18-resident household equipped with specialized technologies to foster maximum independence for individuals suffering from ALS, an incurable disease. Steve Gleason, former New Orleans Saints’ standout who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, along with his foundation, Team Gleason, partnered with St. Margaret’s to create and raise capital for only the second ALS skilled care residence in the U.S.
“Team Gleason’s mission is to provide individuals with muscular diseases such as ALS with state of the art technology, equipment and services. This facility will not only provide them with this technology to give the residents an opportunity to live as independently as possible but this will give the residents purpose and added value to their lives.” says Gleason.
Team Gleason and St. Margaret’s are working quickly with McDonnel to incorporate as much of the technology and design as possible into the construction schedule. The ALS-MS unit will include a team of staff specially trained to care for residents with ALS-MS and PEAC Technology – a cutting edge system that allows residents to control doors, lights, television, shades and HVAC through sensitive technologies.