Technology, activities front and center in Victoria

The first AbleLight Village is now open in Victoria, Minnesota, with residents moving in ahead of the much-anticipated Sept. 24 grand opening ceremony. This inclusive community will include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as active adults 55+. 

AbleLight Village builds on AbleLight’s tradition of providing innovative housing arrangement and support services. AbleLight recently ventured into developing and implementing smart home technology solutions within its homes, to further promote independence among people with disabilities. These tech features will be prominent within AbleLight Village.

The project’s architect is New York-based QPK Design, and the construction manager is Kraus-Anderson, one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. 

“The project features state-of-the art smart home technology, including fiber interlink for the entire campus, wireless access points, and smart thermostats, light switches, doorbells and garage door openers,” said Aaron Zabel, Kraus-Anderson’s project manager. “All the rooms have universal design concepts, such as low-threshold showers, bathroom grab bars, larger units for wheelchairs and large pocket door handles for those with dexterity issues. In addition, we installed numerous safety and security measures, including a robust common area camera system, access control and smart unit deadbolts.”

AbleLight Village-Victoria residences are built to accommodate evolving needs as residents age, and offer maximum accessibility with features including walk-in showers, pocket doors and wide doorways to easily accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. The villas homes have attached one- or two-car garages and the apartment home building features an underground parking garage for easy access in any weather. 

Leisure activities at AbleLight Village Victoria will be held in a beautiful community center that features lots of natural light, plenty of space to gather with friends and organized learning sessions like cooking classes, Bible studies, fitness activities, and wellness activities. The state-of-the-art fitness center offers an array of exercise machines and classes.  

Learn more about AbleLight Village-Victoria.

On January 10, 2022 Bethesda Lutheran Communities became AbleLight.