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As Chief Development Officer, Elliott serves on the Executive Leadership Team for Vetter Health...

High-tech, high-touch connectivity

November 13, 2012  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

While attending the LeadingAge Conference in Denver last month, I had the opportunity to converse with Conrad, a well-spoken 80-year-old who was representing his CCRC board at this conference. What impacted me most about my chat with Conrad was his desire to be connected and to be heard.

Taking a stand on seating in long-term care

July 24, 2012  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

Many of our LTC residents are eating meals while sitting in their wheelchairs. How much do we "institutionalize" our residents by passively convincing them that sitting in the wheelchair in the dining room "is easier for everyone"? Time after time, we realize that our processes and philosophies have to be revisited and reiterated constantly.

Decimals, decibels, lumens—and long-term care

April 4, 2012  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

Will our codes and regulations inhibit or enable providers to meet the demands of an up and coming Baby Boomer generation of healthcare consumers? We may not have to wait long to find out.

Abandon ‘the help’ and recognize your staff

January 18, 2012  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

Beyond verbal communication, I wondered how else we may be devaluing our team members who work so closely with residents. Consider these questions about the design of your environments—and the messages they send to employees.

Foresight vs. hindsight: Interesting perspectives for those in senior living

November 9, 2011  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

As an architect and designer, I am encouraged to gather input from clients as we begin the planning and design process. In the senior living world,

Does your facility tell a story? It might have to, if you want to survive

September 21, 2011  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

Daniel Pink, in his opening keynote address at the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living’s 62nd Annual Convention &

Lessons from Pioneer 2011: Neighborhood Nurses and obtrusive noise

August 5, 2011  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

St. Charles, Missouri, was the site of the 2011 annual convention for the Pioneer Network. This was the fourth Pioneer event I have attended; I had

Life safety = quality of life

June 22, 2011  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

Flooding, tornados, hurricanes, fires and terrorism—we live in volatile times in a volatile world. As I traveled last week to the annual National

EFA at a close: Designers have much to accomplish for our aging population

March 22, 2011  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

Inspired. Challenged. Conflicted. Convinced. These are just a few of the emotions I have been experiencing here at Environments for Aging this week.

Designing the perfect bathroom for elders and other EFA observances

March 21, 2011  |  Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

Three quarters of the way through the first full day and I feel like I am trying to get a drink of water from a high pressure fire hose. The depth,