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What design features do LTC residents most want?

February 25, 2013  |  Eleanor Feldman Barbera, PhD
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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...

Is renovation always a good thing?

February 21, 2013  |  Andrew Lee Alden
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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...

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

February 20, 2013  |  Addie Abushousheh, PhD, EDAC, Assoc. AIA
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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.

Love, light and life

February 12, 2013  |  Charla Worsham, registered interior designer
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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. ...

New healthcare design guidelines address long-term care

February 11, 2013  |  Robert N. Mayer and Jane M. Rohde
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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...

How to reposition dated LTC assets

February 5, 2013  |  Randy Bremhorst and Chad Ulman, AIA, LEED AP
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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...

Designing international aged care environments

January 30, 2013  |  Jeffrey Anderzhon, FAIA
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Whether caring for seniors in the United States or in a village in the Pacific Rim, providing culture-specific environments and services is taking design in a new direction as seen in three international projects.

Casting a critical eye on our environments for aging

January 25, 2013  |  Patricia Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief
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The long-term care industry has advanced dramatically in recent years when it comes to innovations in healthcare and living environments for our aging population. At St. John's on the Lake in Milwaukee, 20 LTC designers, architects and academics have gathered...

It’s all in the design: A preview of the 2013 Environments for Aging Conference

January 23, 2013  |  Gina LaVecchia Ragone
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Good design in environments for the aging improves not only the quality of life for residents, but it resonates, and hopefully improves, every aspect of the senior living business, from marketing to housekeeping. Nowhere will LTC professionals find a more...

How occupational therapists influence LTC design decisions

January 2, 2013  |  Julie Thompson
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Occupational therapists are trained to focus on a framework made up of the person, the environment and the occupational performance, which can be applied to healthcare design.

Redecorate with 2013’s forecasted “hot” colors

December 28, 2012  |  Sandra Hoban, Executive Editor
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The new year is only days away, but it’s not too early to “think Spring.” Consider refreshing the environment of your facility or incorporating the “now” hues into your remodel or construction plans.

HUD gives $26 million for assisted living conversions

December 20, 2012  |  Pamela Tabar, Associate Editor
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is paying apartment owners in nine states to convert their buildings to assisted living units.

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