Rosener House


Peninsula Volunteers Rosener House is located adjacent to the Officer Jack Lyle Park in a quiet, residential neighborhood of Menlo Park. Rosener House opened in this location in September of 2001 in a new state-of-the-art facility, designed to meet the needs of up to 80 older adults per day. The building is 12,000 square feet with a secure patio and garden of about 6,000 square feet.

The entire facility is accessible under provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to accommodate individuals using walkers, wheelchairs, and canes. Everything is on one floor, with easy transitions from outside to inside and between rooms. The hallways are wide with handrails and good natural light. Bathrooms are also fully accessible.

Great thought and care were given to the overall design of the building. The local firm of Petersen Architects spent several days observing the Rosener House program and meeting with staff members to identify our special needs. Indoor and outdoor "purposeful wandering paths" make it possible for individuals to stroll at their leisure without constant staff monitoring. Many activities take place in dedicated spaces, such as physical therapy, the art studio, the computer room, and the specialized activity wing for the Dementia Services Program.

Participant activity areas are integrated with the outdoor patio. All main activity areas have high ceilings and large windows facing the patio and an eastern exposure. The patio has a high vine covered arbor to provide shade. There is a circular walking path with planting areas for gardening activities. There are comfortable chairs on the patio for relaxing and enjoying the lovely garden with a fountain. Landscape architects Robert LaRocca and Associates designed the plantings so that there are colorful trees, shrubs, and flowers blooming throughout the year.

The bright and airy dining rooms and great room are designed with folding walls for flexibility in planning activities and special events. Over 150 people can attend special gatherings.

The color scheme is soothing, yet cheerful with earth tones predominating. The overall effect of the building and its furnishings is that of a comfortable community center. See Tour for photos of Rosener House.