Renovated Sunset House blends historic charm with modern updates and vibrant living

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in July

Marking 145 years of service to our community in 2016, Sunset Retirement Communities’ Sunset House completed the last component of a major renovation that began in 2014. Wanting to maintain the facility’s historic charm while adding to various amenities, the updates not only bring Sunset House well into the 21st Century, but also reflect Sunset’s commitment to creating a vibrant, enriching environment for residents and their loved ones to enjoy.


Among the renovated areas are the assisted living apartments in the Victorian-style Manor house (built in 1930), which were given a facelift in 2015 with granite countertops, fresh paint, and new carpeting; Sunset Court, where a number of small studios were combined to create two-room suites; and now Sunset Hall/Sunflower Lane, where all apartments have the convenience of full private bathrooms and flexible floor space as the result of removing outdated built-in cabinetry. The common and entrance areas have been freshened up, and the Sunset Hall/Sunflower Lane dining area is being updated with new light sconces, carpeting, wall coverings, and dining room furniture.

“This renovation brings together the best of the old with the best of the new, and our residents are thrilled with the outcome,” states Gayle Young, Director of Marketing, Communication and Public Relations for Sunset Retirement Communities. “From the outside, the building presents a stately old-style charm, and inside, the building is abuzz with engaged seniors enjoying activities in our common areas, including the living room, hearth room, community room, and screened porch.”

Of course, the appeal of Sunset House goes beyond the building itself to include the beautiful grounds, which are lushly landscaped and maintained. Residents can take contemplative strolls through the beautiful surroundings on dedicated walking paths, and they can even enjoy a little al-fresco dining in the outdoor courtyard if they choose.

Sunset House offers assisted living, healthcare, and respite care. Assisted-living options include beautifully remodeled studio and one- or two-bedroom apartments. Additional levels of care can be added as residents’ needs change. “Whatever living option residents might choose, Sunset relieves them of all the unwanted tasks and burdens of homeownership so they can spend all their time pursuing their favorite pastimes and activities—or discovering new ones. Plus, our wooded campus is convenient to dining, shopping, cultural opportunities, and many medical offices and services,” says Young.

Seniors who choose Sunset House as their new home are encouraged to bring their own belongings and furnishings so they can create a personalized living space that’s a reflection of who they are—and it’s not difficult to find sitting areas in which to entertain one’s friends and family, read a book, start a card or board game, discuss current events, or even practice piano. Also, just like at home, residents can grab a snack or meal when they want, and there are plenty of scheduled activities to fill their day. Residents who are animal lovers can enjoy the aviaries, aquariums, cats, and dogs throughout Sunset House.

Furthermore, Sunset’s programming ensures residents are nurtured in body, mind, and spirit. Life Enrichment programs, which integrate cultural and social outings and events, help keep them connected to the world around them and engaged in the activities that matter to them most. Exercise classes, specially designed for all fitness levels and abilities, help residents stay strong and flexible. Their spiritual needs are also well cared for in Sunset House’s chapel, which offers weekly services led by members of various houses of worship.

All of these programs, services, and amenities are a reflection of the person-centered philosophy that Sunset has embraced, focusing on providing care and vibrant, life-affirming environments—placing the resident at the center of every aspect of daily life.❦

Elizabeth Scott