Renovations of Stepanakert Retirement Home proceed on scheduleThe Hayastan All-Armenian Fund continues to implement the reconstruction of the Stepanakert Retirement Home. Launched in June 2011, the project is made possible through a major donation by Moscow-based industrialist Armen Shakhazizyan — a Benefactor member of the fund and founder and CEO of the Luding group of companies — with additional support from the government of Artsakh.
Currently some 80 seniors, many with physical disabilities, live at the Stepanakert Retirement Home. In addition, the staff provide various supportive services to about 150 retirees, including seniors with disabilities, at their residences.
To date one of the facility’s two buildings has been completely renovated and will soon be furnished. Once this leg of the project is completed, residents will be moved from their temporary quarters in the facility’s other building to the 26 rooms of the refurbished wing. All rooms designated for mobile seniors are now equipped with bathrooms.
Other major improvements include the conversion of the events hall, a large space attached to the reconstructed wing, into a cafeteria, allowing residents easy access from their quarters, whereas previously they had to cross the courtyard to reach the dining room. Furthermore, the grounds of the facility have undergone a complete makeover, now featuring abundant greenery, widened pathways, and a pavilion.
The second phase of the project will see the reconstruction of the facility’s first wing. Plans include the redesign of the entrance and lobby for optimal functionality and convenience. “Our top priority here is to make the entranceway and other spaces wheelchair-accessible,” said Hakob Gyulgyulyan, one of the fund’s construction engineers, who is in charge of the project.
Commenting on the planned redesign of the first wing, Irina Sargsyan, director of the Stepanakert Retirement Home, said, “Given that 40 percent of our residents have physical disabilities, the provision of wheelchair accessibility is of paramount importance.”
On his part, benefactor Armen Shakhazizyan stated: “Creating a safe, comfortable, and pleasant environment is the least we can do for our senior citizens.”
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