In mid-December, just six months after we welcomed the first residents to their new homes at The Variel, we were named among the winners of the 2022 Architecture & Design Awards by Senior Housing News (SHN).
We’re thrilled to have received such an accolade so soon. Nearly 100 organizations across the U.S. and in other countries participated in this year’s awards, which featured 15 categories in all. The Variel garnered third-place honors in the Wellness: Health & Fitness category.
The annual SHN Architecture & Design competition has been recognizing leading-edge design, excellence and innovation in senior living since 2013.
In a press release announcing this year’s winners, George Yedinak, SHN’s founder, said, “The 2022 SHNA winners demonstrate bold creativity and execution that has set a new precedent for senior living architecture and design in a rapidly transforming industry.”
A panel of 16 industry experts evaluated the nominees in each category, assessing how well they met an established set of design and aesthetic criteria, including:
The panel also evaluated features that incorporate a healthy lifestyle and provide residents access to products and services that make their lives easier.
Nominees in the Wellness: Health & Fitness category all had new or renovated wellness-related facilities, such as aquatic centers; yoga, music or art studios; or spas.
All communities participating in the competition were also evaluated as a whole, including unique features and their overall value to residents and the local area.
We chose to compete in the Wellness: Health & Fitness category because we were confident that our Zenergy wellness center, and our whole Zenergy program, would shine among any other communities in this category. And we were right!
Here’s what Josh Johnson, co-founder of Momentum Senior Living, The Variel’s management company, said about Zenergy in our submission for the award:
“We saw it as part of our job to make sure our inherently busy, energetic residents live in an environment that helps them remain independent and active. A unique way we achieved that is through our personalized Zenergy wellness center. It combines a variety of exercise equipment, yoga and tai chi spaces, spa, massage, physical therapy with full-time therapist on staff, golf simulator and more in a single area of the community.
“The entire Zenergy program also incorporates access to lifelong learning programs, social activities and other life-fulfilling opportunities for all.”
The Variel offers an innovative option for memory care in Woodland Hills as well. With our MOSAIC Personalized Care, we were sure to call attention to that in our submission for the SHN Architecture & Design Awards.
MOSAIC has two levels of care: the Mezzanine program, for those with early to mid-stage memory loss, and our customized Tessera program, for those with more advanced Alzheimer’s disease or memory disorders.
We purposely designed The Variel with memory care on the top floor of the building. Here’s why this factors into the wellness of residents in the memory care area of our community:
As we mentioned, the judges assessed each of the nominees on an overall basis, in addition to category-specific criteria. In our award submission, we were prompted to provide additional information about The Variel in the following areas:
Collectively and separately, these amenities can inspire the imagination, lower stress levels, stimulate engagement and add more fun to each day.
If you’re considering a move to a retirement community in Woodland Hills for yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to come experience The Variel. You can see firsthand why we’re already winning awards so soon after opening our doors.
Contact us to schedule a one-on-one visit that’s convenient for you.