Bathroom-spa transformation has residents feeling pampered

Jamie Koons from Brown Aveda gives an arm massage to resident Beulah Hamilton.

Several months ago, Life Care Center of Westlake, a skilled nursing facility, decided to transform their boring bathing room into a spa. We removed all the institutional dispensers from the wall and painted the room a deep beige color. Espresso-colored floating shelves, a toilet space-saver, mirrors and a memory-foam mat were added.

We then highlighted the room with floral oranges, greens and blues. We set up accents of live plants and battery-operated candles and added a towel warmer, Zen music, aromatherapy and adjustable lighting. We even gave the whirlpool tub a beautiful brown swirly design that softened its stark whiteness. The Twigz-brand curtain, wastebasket and toilet paper holder, featuring a natural, plantlike design, gave the new spa its name.

Valentine’s Day was perfect for the grand opening. The wonderful and caring students of Brown Aveda Institute came and gave residents and associates hand and arm massages. Guests went through an experience at the spa, including some quiet time with dimmed lights, aromatherapy and spa music. Afterwards, they were treated to homemade chocolate-covered strawberries and received a gift basket to take with them the next time they visited the spa. "I’m going to use this tonight!” said resident Michael Greco.

Everyone loves Twigz Spa, and excitement for the transformation of the other bathing rooms is in the air. “I actually sat in the tub and experienced the ambiance,” said Amanda Stefaniak, social worker. “When finished, I was relaxed, comforted and rejuvenated.”

Katie Bowen

Business office manager for Life Care Center of Westlake skilled nursing.

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Volume 6, Issue 6, Posted 9:25 AM, 03.18.2014