Cureus completes c. 150 care places for the SCHÖNES LEBEN Group in new senior residence in Schwerin

  • New residence comprises 156 care places for full-time, short-term and preventive care and 3 apartments
  • In-house public restaurant, hair salon, pedicure salon, therapy room
  • Building developed to the highest modern specifications and KfW 40 energy-efficiency standards
  • Cureus specialises in the design, planning and construction of care homes
  • MEDIKO – the specialist care arm of the SCHÖNES LEBEN Group will operate the residence
  • The new care home creates approx. 90 crisis-proof jobs
  • Cureus makes EUR 5,000 donation to landscape the wasteland at Speicherstraße 53/55

Hamburg/Ulm/Schwerin, 7 April 2021. Cureus GmbH specialises in the development of system care homes and has announced the completion of construction on a senior residence in Schwerin for the future operator MEDIKO, the SCHÖNES LEBEN Group’s specialist care home operator. The new home will open to residents in late April / early May 2021.

The 4,800-square-metre site at Möwenburgstraße 25 in 19055 Schwerin will accommodate 156 modern care places and three apartments. After 17 months of construction, the residence has been completed on schedule. The building is fully barrier-free and is designed and built in accordance with the KfW 40 energy-efficiency standard.

“The new senior residence has been built according to our modern system care home standard”, explains Marko Stegmaier, Head of Construction at Cureus. “This has enabled us to complete construction quickly and to the highest quality standards. Our thanks for the smooth progress of the project go to all of our construction partners and to our operating partner MEDIKO. We are also delighted that the city of Schwerin will soon be putting our EUR 5,000 donation to use as it redesigns and landscapes the wasteland area at Speicherstraße 53/55 to the benefit of the wider community”.

Christian Cohausz, Managing Director of MEDIKO: “We are thrilled to be opening a highly attractive senior residence in Schwerin – which is also our first residence in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. We have many years of experience in the care home and assisted living sectors and are committed to offering our residents the opportunity to live self-determined, comfortable and age-appropriate lives. Our community living concept combines independence with security and peace of mind, nursing support with personal privacy. We are equally committed to creating a modern and inspiring working environment for our employees. Even before the new residence opens its doors, we have already filled 25 of the more than 90 positions we are creating in Schwerin”.

Modern amenities and care

The new residence is attractively designed and blends harmoniously into its surroundings. Heat energy is 100% renewable and is supplied via a combined heat and power plant (CHP) fired with biomethane gas. In addition, a roof-mounted photovoltaic system also supplies the residence with energy. The building comprises a total of six floors: The ground floor is home to communal and functional rooms, along with a hair and pedicure salon, a therapy room and an in-house laundry, plus a restaurant with its own fresh food kitchen. The restaurant will also be open to the public, thereby fostering links between residents and the local community. Residential areas are located on the upper floors and include two residential groups for 35 dementia patients on the first floor. These areas are especially designed to meet the needs and daily routines of residents with severe dementia. There are also two residential groups on each of the other floors, and one on the top floor. Each residential group has its own kitchen with a cosy meeting area for social interaction. Residents also have access to an inviting, landscaped garden with rest areas and a sun terrace. The residence’s three apartments are intended to serve as staff apartments.

The new residence’s 156 single rooms are all bright, fully barrier-free and equipped with private bathrooms. Of these, 68 are specially designed to meet the needs of wheelchair users. Residents are able to partially furnish the rooms themselves, ensuring that they and their families can create a private, homely atmosphere to complement the cosy comfort throughout the residence.

Close to both water and nature in Werdervorstadt, not far from Lake Ziegel and numerous parks, and within easy reach of Schwerin’s old town, with its extensive shopping, social and leisure amenities, the new residence is set in a particularly attractive location. Easy accessibility for visitors, staff and residents is also guaranteed by the nearby bus line and the 23 on-site car and 11 bicycle parking spaces.

Dependable care and official opening

Even at the best of times, the decision to move into a care home is not always easy. The coronavirus pandemic has heightened safety concerns and made many people reluctant to take up residence in a care home. In order to allay such concerns, all new residents require a negative PCR test in order to be admitted to our senior residence. Tests must have been carried out within the 36 hours prior to admission. As an extra precaution, staff provide individual care to new residents for their first few days in their new home, taking care to vary the daily routine with activities to make residents feel at home from day one. Visits can of course take place in compliance with the hygiene concept agreed with regional health authorities. Potential residents and their families can find out more about the residence at https://www.schwerin-seniorenresidenz.de. Given current lockdown restrictions, it is unfortunately not possible to host an official opening ceremony with residents, staff, neighbours and interested parties at this point in time.

Constructed to Cureus’ high-quality standard

The new senior residence in Schwerin is designed and built in accordance with the Cureus standard for system care homes. This standard is based on exacting and uniform quality standards and is oriented to the needs of all stakeholders, including care home operators and residents. Care homes built to the Cureus standard are optimised in all respects and include, for example, optimised floor plans and conveniently arranged rooms and walkways. Cureus care homes are also designed and equipped for maximum utility: interior corridors benefit from as much daylight as possible, every room has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide attractive views of the surrounding area, and the modern bathrooms and window fronts follow the same standardised system approach. Each complex’s architecture and facade incorporate individual touches and are constructed to the highest quality standards, integrating seamlessly into their surroundings. The Cureus system approach also prioritises sustainability, both in terms of a care home’s long-term economic viability and its impact on the environment. All Cureus care homes are, for example, constructed in accordance with the KfW 40 energy-efficiency standard, while the bulk procurement of floor coverings and elevator systems, for example, ensures cost synergies and long-term maintenance contracts covering several properties also reduce costs for care home operators. The constant review and optimisation of the Cureus system care home standard guarantees the construction of care homes that truly meet demand

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