LIFE St. Joseph of the Pines Fayetteville, North Carolina

Amidst the towering pines in rural North Carolina, St. Joseph of the Pines (St. Joseph) is best known for its impressive senior living communities and high-quality senior healthcare services. To complement its existing senior living services, St. Joseph decided to sponsor a PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) program to provide care for frail seniors residing in the Fayetteville region of North Carolina.

After carefully selecting a parcel of land for their new 26,500 square foot LIFE Center, St. Joseph engaged Kitchen & Associates as their design consultant to work in tandem with the builder. The objective was to create a inviting place where frail seniors could come together two to three days a week to receive healthcare, wellness, therapeutic, nutritional and personal care services while enjoying social and recreational activities.

The design inspiration for the LIFE Center was the idea of the Main Street in a small town. The familiar and comfortable setting was created through the sensitive selection of interior materials, colors, details, lighting, decorative signage, and accessories that were all meticulously coordinated by the design team. This attention to detail transformed the interior corridors into streets that facilitate wayfinding through this large building. Rooms became places where seniors gather together, interact and engage in meaningful social and recreational activities. The spacious, sun-filled activity rooms, café, chapel with custom stained-glass window, library with built-in bookcases and gas fireplace, hair salon with rotating barber-pole, therapeutic gym and health center all embodied unique looks that enhance the overall experience for the seniors, staff and visitors. The activity rooms have access to a secure backyard with a beautiful landscaped garden, patio and water feature.