Design

Calif. prison system opens $839M LTC facility for inmates

The California state prison system hopes its new long-term care medical facility for inmates can solve its healthcare delivery woes. Read More »

2013 fire sprinkler bill may inspire retrofits and renovations

Currently, only licensed SNFs are required to have sprinklers installed by August 2013. But the new proposed Fire Sprinkler Incentive of 2013 could involve assisted living sites, care homes and more. Read More »

The changing face of assisted living

As the American populations continues to age, assisted living looks at a new  role of providing housing care to higher acuity residents and those with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Read More »

LTC property investors shirk SNFs as financial risks

Several of long-term care’s biggest property owners are shedding their interest in the financially challenged skilled nursing sector. Read More »

Long-Term Living wins big at ASHPE

Long-Term Living earns four awards for its content excellence from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors.  Read More »

Leaders of Tomorrow: Jane Rohde

Congratulations to the third of our five 2013 Leaders of Tomorrow award winners: Jane M. Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ACHA, LEED AP, a senior living consultant at JSR Associates, Inc., in Ellicott City, MD.  Read about Rohde's commitment to giving residents and staff the spaces they want and need. Read More »

For good design, seek resident, staff input

Enlisting resident and staff input, ensures that renovation design hits the mark in meeting their needs and ensuring that the spaces created provide residents with a sense of control and validation of their individuality. Read More »

For good design, seek resident, staff input

Enlisting resident and staff input ensures that the design for a facility renovation hits its intended mark--an environment that supports choice, personal control and an acknowledgement of each individuals personhood. Read More »

Assisted living redefined in new building codes

The International Building Code has been revised to reclassify assisted living facilities, acknowledging their difference from nursing homes and hospitals. Read More »

Assisted living fundamentals softened in 1Q13

For the first quarter of 2013,  assisted living occupancy showed a decline from the numbers it had been achieving as it recovered from the economic challenges of the past two years. However, absorption and inventory showed gains. Read More »

What we heard (and didn’t hear) at the EFA conference

The "culture city" of New Orleans served as the perfect venue for discussing culture change in elder-care building design at the 2013 Environments for Aging conference. Read More »

EFA 2013: Lighting design strategies to improve health

Proper lighting provides much more than adequate visibility and pleasant aesthetics. A detailed look at light’s effect on circadian rhythms suggests that designers can play a significant role in improving health for long-term and post-acute care residents. Read More »

EFA 2013: Making space for hospice in the care continuum

Continuing care trends are increasingly involving hospice within the whole care campus, instead of tucking away the hospice in a stand-alone building in a proverbial corner of finality. Read More »

Assisted living 2013: On the upswing

Two top industry executives share their insights on assisted living’s climate and trends. Assisted living survived the economic downturn and the collapse of the housing market intact and it is geared up and ready to continue moving forward. Read More »

EFA 2013: Designing for daily life with dementia

You can’t design one facility that’s perfect for meeting the needs of all dementia residents, says Retreat Healthcare’s Lena Smith. But understanding the disease, its forms and the various stages can help inform spaces that are adaptable and sensitive to residents and caregivers alike. Read More »

Silent locks & access control in LTC

As LTC design spaces become more “open,” access control becomes a much more important part of LTC facility strategy.  Read More »

Conference keynote: What makes your residents happy?

Sunday’s Environments for Aging keynote speaker Margaret Wylde, president and CEO of ProMatura Group, urged architects and designers to re-examine what they think older residents want out of their living communities. Hint: It’s not bocce ball or bingo. Read More »

The impact of the aging population on acute care facilities

How is senior-centric care changing the way hospitals are designed? Anne DiNardo, senior editor of our sister-publication Healthcare Design, asks two design experts about the impacts of geriatric care on the rest of the care chain in this sneak-peek of what attendees will learn at our Environments for Aging conference next month. Read More »

A natural haven: Citation of Merit winner Haven Hospice Custead Care Center, Orange Park, Fla.

This fourth of four Environments for Aging Citation of Merit winners features a connection to nature as the inspiring force for its designers. Read More »

Nurturing individual growth: Citation of Merit winner Good Shepherd Cottage at Santa Teresita, Duarte, Calif.

This third of four Environments for Aging Citation of Merit winners drew on its mission to serve the elderly to achieve beautiful results in the design and construction of a new assisted living residence. Read More »

Inviting and inclusive: Citation of Merit winner Cosby Spears High Rise, Atlanta

This second of four Environments for Aging Citation of Merit winners demonstrates how a main-floor renovation transformed a public housing complex. Read More »

Fostering physical, spiritual potentials: Citation of Merit winner Camphill Elder Initiative for Developmentally Disabled Adults, Ghent, N.Y.

This first of four Environments for Aging Citation of Merit winners has created a community where developmentally disabled adults live among independent residents, allowing for social interactions unlike those of other developments. Read More »

2013 Citation of Merit winners: Celebrating excellence in LTC design

The Environments for Aging annual design issue showcases the latest trends and best practices in senior housing and long-term care design. Congratulations to this year's Citation of Merit winners, four projects recognized for excellence in design with a resident-centered focus. Read More »

LED lighting in senior living: Friend or foe?

Although natural light is preferred as much as possible in senior living, artificial lighting is necessary.  So is the latest technology the best?  Read More »

What design features do LTC residents most want?

Renovations and redesigns large and small can breathe new life into a facility, especially when they’re focused on the needs of the people who live and work within them. The changes that are most important to the residents tend to be those that center on their psychological need to regain control. Read More »

Is renovation always a good thing?

Every year a group of multi-disciplinary professionals gather to discuss Design Showcase submissions for the Environments for Aging review. Inevitably, during the discussion, a common theme appears. This year was no exception: Is renovation always a good thing? Read More »

Exploring evidence-based and green design in long-term care

The research and experiences of evidence-based design will continue to lead to innovations in creating senior living environments that enhance quality of life and quality of care. Read More »

Love, light and life

Harnessing the energy of interior spaces can change an institutional building into a home. An interior designer takes a look at the power of light, variety and focus points to create peace and comfort within the care environment.  Read More »

New healthcare design guidelines address long-term care

New codes, regulations and guidelines for the design of senior living facilities are being developed to support culture change and resident-centered care. Now is the time for long-term care providers to become involved in the development of these guidelines. Read More »

How to reposition dated LTC assets

As the long-term care industry takes on more business in short-term rehabilitation and new expectations from the baby boomer generation, many facilities are finding themselves forced to renovate their buildings and their operations to keep up with the market changes.  Read More »