Thursday, November 29, 2007

Mural mentioned in article for the Westchester ARC

The following article talks a bit about the mural that I did, a few months ago, for a residential home for the severely disabled. I was so blessed to be a part of it. To see more pictures of the mural discussed in this article, please click here.

New Residence Offers Medically
Enhanced Services

Westchester ARC’s newly opened Decatur House is much like other agency residences. Located on a quiet street in Mohegan Lake NY, it offers large bedrooms, spacious living and dining areas and a modern kitchen. However, the agency’s 43rd home has one important distinction—it is the first Westchester ARC-owned residence created for individuals with developmental disabilities who require significant medical attention.

Residents of the Decatur house receive family-like care.

“The house is a direct response to the needs of our aging population,” comments program director Gabrielle Pikoulas. “Typically, when a person requires medically enhanced services, they are sent to a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, which is often cold and impersonal. In many cases, the individual is limited to center-based activities and has little opportunity for community inclusion. At Decatur, residents have all the comforts of home and receive family-like care. We will also provide day trips to movies, museums, concerts, libraries and other community sites, as well as inhouse activities, such as art and music classes."

An ocean-themed mural by local artist Dawn Papandrea adds a splash of color to the walls. Blue fish, green turtles and pink coral inspire residents to relax and feel at home.

“There’s something very calming about water,” adds Gabrielle. “The mural contributes a warm and inviting sentiment. It ties in with the agency’s desire to provide residents with the highest level of comfort.”

To see more pictures of the mural discussed in this article, please click here.