Setting the Stage for Water Therapy
We recently hosted a webinar, “New Look for Rehab: Advancing the Actors Fund Home Vision with Aquatic Therapy” presented by Steve Leone, AIA, LEED™ap BD+C, Principal, Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc. and Jordan Strohl, Administrator, The Actors Fund Home in Englewood, NJ.
Jordan Strohl, Administrator for the Actors Fund Home, had just walked into the LeadingAge conference. What he saw thrilled him beyond belief: a working model of the slim, standalone HydroWorx 300.
For years, Strohl had wanted to offer his organization’s sub-acute, long-term care, and assisted living patients and residents aquatic therapy. It was only a pipe dream, he thought; the building from 1929 just couldn’t accommodate a pool because of limited space.
With the HydroWorx 300, he could suddenly put hydrotherapy back on his so-called “Wish List” as part of his organization’s 34-million dollar renovation project.
Steve Leone, a practicing architect and senior living healthcare specialist and Principal at Spiezle Architectural Group, was just as excited. Possessing a passion for reimagining spaces, he was eager to explore clever ways to bring the new modality into his design concepts and create a world-class rehab center.
Strohl and Leone brought the HydroWorx mobile showroom to New Jersey so The Lillian Booth Actors Home stakeholders could kick the tires. Eventually, they secured the buy-in they needed.
That’s when things got particularly innovative.
The making of a red-carpet worthy room
To be sure, Leone had his work cut out for him in his mission to make the HydroWorx 300 the “wow factor” showcase piece for the updated facility.
For instance, though the HydroWorx would be located on the lowest floor level of the building as an addition to the rehab space, Strohl requested no ramp to get in or out of the HydroWorx 300. The unit had to be flush with the floor, something never-before-done. Leone used his skills to engineer a diagrammatic floor plan that sunk the tub under the floor for a seamless, sleek appearance and functionality.
Strohl, a past EMT, also requested that the tub be able to empty immediately in the event of an emergency–without destroying the surrounding flooring or walls. Again, Leone worked hard to make this daring wish a reality by expertly placing industrial strength (but gentle for even sensitive feet) contemporary grating around the sunken tub.
Along with those two unique desires, Leone was charged with judiciously carving out space for the adjacent utility area that supports pipes, water tanks, and other infrastructure elements.
By the time the project was officially unveiled, end users were more than pleased with the stunning, pristine results. From the clean, bright LED lighting to the glazed glass on the front side of the room, the HydroWorx 300 gleams in a space of its own. Best of all, there aren’t any unexpected floor transitions for residents to navigate. It’s simply an easy-to-use product that benefits a wide swath of people from residents to aquatic therapists.
And like the screen stars it serves, it always looks good enough for its close-up.
Want to learn more about the hands-on partnership that developed between Strohl and Leone, as well as see images from the HydroWorx 300 room? Watch the webinar now>>