The Hacienda Homes are a neighborhood of three stand-alone structures offering Assisted Living or Memory Care. Just as in traditional guest ranches, the Hacienda Homes are designed to capture a careful balance between public space and private place so that each day can be as engaging or as tranquil as desired. Residents’ private suites radiate off a nexus of common areas: kitchen, dining room, living room, sunroom and covered porch. Discreet design elements in each home render clinical support features nearly invisible, and electronic record keeping allows associates to devote more quality time to residents.
Each household has a dependable core of universal caregivers, known as Nayas, who provide expert support. They are involved in all aspects of residents’ daily activities. This consistent, continuous high-acuity support allows residents to thrive.
The three Hacienda Homes are the first Assisted Living in the state of Arizona to be LEED for Home certified. The Leed certification matched the vision of The Hacienda at the River from the outset. David Freshwater, Chairman of Watermark Retirement Communities, says: “It dovetailed perfectly with our intention to create a place inspired by the southwest’s architectural history. At The Hacienda, walls are hand-troweled; there are metal roofs to catch the sound of summer rains and overhanging trellises of Mesquite poles for shade and architectural interest. A robust gray water harvests rain and HUVAC evaporation to re-vegetate a riparian area. An abundance of porches, patios and open rooms invite indoor/outdoor living. And LEEDs was a perfect fit in all of this. They share the same vision for creating comfortable, healthy and authentic places.”
Leeann Ray, Associate Executive Director, says that residents may not know about the LEED certification but enjoy the benefits of the LEED vision nonetheless. “The reduced reliance on energy with tons of natural lighting throughout all spaces lessen eye fatigue throughout the day. And the incredible visual relationship with the outdoor spaces as you walk through the buildings create a feeling of freedom and relationship with nature, thus feeling revitalized during and after the day.”