Secure Skilled Nursing Facility

Idaho State Hospital South
Architectural Design, Planning, Programming
Blackfoot, ID
Project type
New construction

A family and community based home environment

This 59-bed, single-story skilled nursing facility puts safety and comfort first for its residents, particularly assisting those with chronic mental illness to feel at ease and connected with the surrounding natural environment. Replacing an outdated facility in eastern Idaho, the Syringa Chalet Nursing Facility supports residents by improving their quality of life—one that isn’t defined by past traumas and hardships.

The goal of this facility is to enhance the quality of life for one of Idaho’s most vulnerable populations—those who struggle with chronic mental illness.

Making safety and security a priority

The 55,000-square-foot building has three patient wings, each featuring 20 single- and dual-occupancy rooms. A centralized nursing station gives staff the ability to monitor all three wings from a single station.  Elopement and wander management systems are incorporated throughout the building. Other security and safety features include video surveillance, access control, anti-ligature hardware, security glazing and clear sightlines to protect patients and staff.

The facility also includes a full kitchen, dining area, physical therapy space, theater/chapel, craft room, multiple courtyards/therapy gardens, medication rooms, clean and dirty laundry rooms, administrative areas, various storage spaces and a detached gymnasium. The courtyards are designed with a variety of flowers and shrubs, trees, and barbecue grills to support therapy and outings with residents and families.

Design that fosters staff and resident wellness

The facility capitalizes on views of the picturesque Idaho landscape. Nature and local scenery were key considerations when choosing finishes, furniture, and artwork. The interior palette consisted of neutral textures intertwined with cool and warm tones. Large windows also bring natural daylighting and remarkable views into the dining area. We brought the outdoors in by incorporating stone and a locally sourced natural wood fireplace mantel.

Materials like wood-look luxury vinyl tile fill the corridors in a chevron pattern with minimal carpet throughout the building, creating a residential feel. Decorative wall protection and a wood-look handrail adorn the space with crown molding accents in guest areas. Furniture is upholstered in durable, easy-to-clean coated fabrics while maintaining a warm home-like feel with modern textures and colors.

The windows are so bright! I’m looking forward to the flower gardens like I had at home.

Resident at the Secure Skilled Nursing Facility

Project contact

Curtis Hendershott


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