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Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Residents Return to Lincolnia Senior Housing Development
Smiles Abound as Residents Experience Renovated Buildings

“Thank you so much!” exclaimed one resident as she observed her renovated housing unit.  “I feel like I live in a palace!”

This reaction is reflective of the overall appreciation that residents of the Lincolnia Residences expressed as they returned last month to their building and housing units that contained improvements including new heating and air conditions systems, new flooring and ceiling tiles, redone wall finishes, and new furniture in assisted living units and common areas.

The Lincolnia Residences are part of the Lincolnia Center, a development in Mason District consisting of two buildings providing housing as well as programs for senior residents of Fairfax County.  Lincolnia Residences provides 52 licensed assisted living beds for seniors ages 55 and above.  There are also 26 units of independent senior housing for persons ages 62 and above.  All residents qualify under the eligibility requirements of the Fairfax County Rental Program for seniors operated by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

In addition to the provision of housing, two major programs are run at the Lincolnia development: Adult Day Health Care, for persons 18 and above, operated by the Fairfax County Health Department, and the Lincolnia Senior Center, for persons age 50 and above, operated by the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.  The Senior Plus program, which supports seniors who are at risk of losing their independence, is one of the programs conducted at the Lincolnia Senior Center.  

Renovations at Lincolnia began in April of 2014 with a main goal of replacing the HVAC system to meet licensing requirements.  Since this major work was to be undertaken, it was considered prudent to include other needed substantial renovations to the buildings, including improvements to individual units.  Accessibility improvements were undertaken in some of the units, with bathrooms made wheelchair accessible and doors installed that automatically open.

As work progressed at Lincolnia measures were taken to keep operations, services, and housing for assisted living residents and programs continuing as smoothly as possible.  In October 2014, residents from the independent senior housing units on the third floor of the Lincolnia Residences were moved off site.  Ten months later they returned to Lincolnia to a building where, as one resident’s family member expressed, “everything smells so new and so fresh.”

The return of the residents to Lincolnia left a lasting impression on Toni Clemons-Porter, Associate Director, Senior Housing and Assisted Living at HCD.  She spoke of “the smiles of the residents as they returned, nodding how happy they were.”  Ms. Clemons-Porter added, “They were so appreciative as they returned back into the building.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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