Design guidelines aim to assist those with dementia, sight loss

New design guidelines from the Thomas Pocklington Trust and University of Stirling in the United Kingdom seek to enable those with dementia and sight loss to remain as independent as possible in seniors housing or at home. Read More »

Alzheimer’s Foundation, architects collaborate on designs for dementia

Two leading long-term care groups have joined efforts to create a best practices guide for building and designing residential and care spaces for those living with dementia. Read More »

Landscape architecture contest seeks senior living designs

The second annual Landscape Architecture for Healthcare Communities awards program is open for submissions, and there's a category specifically for senior living communities. Read More »

Survey reveals senior living wishes of prospective residents

A new survey provides some insights into how Americans select senior living communities for themselves or their loved ones. Read More »

A small house can mean a big difference, speakers say

A senior living provider and general contractor share what they have learned through the process of building of five small house neighborhoods and delivering person-centered skilled nursing care. See the photo gallery, too. Read More »

Memory boxes? Forget about them

Long-term care communities are moving away from using memory boxes as cuing tools for residents, experts say. Thankfully, they add, less expensive and more effective options exist. Read More »

Household dining yields lower costs, higher satisfaction

A household dining model using satellite kitchens results in lower net costs for communities and an improved dining experience for residents, based on the experiences of one facility owner and operator. Read More »

Intimate by design

Sex in nursing homes? You bet. How does your facility design support healthy residents' rights to intimacy and sexuality? Read More »

EFACon opening keynote: What’s the recipe for the longest, happiest life?

Forget the fictitious fountain of youth. Environments for Aging Conference opening keynote speaker Nick Buettner explores what it really takes to live the longest, healthiest life possible. Read More »

Functional programming aids person-centered care

Functional programming is an ideal planning approach to use if your community wishes to make design changes as part of an operational move to a more person-centered approach to resident living, say speakers at the Environments for Aging Conference. Read More »

What seniors want

Research highlights the interior features and community amenities most valued by older adults when it comes to their living spaces. Read More »

Refreshing interiors—in rooms and seniors

An online show aims to keep quality of life high for seniors by improving the function and look of their living spaces. Read More »

Memory care building boom in the heart of Texas

When it comes to memory care facility construction, this Texas metro area is among the busiest in the country. Read More »

One-on-one with…Addie Abushousheh, PhD

In our latest Q&A, Long-Term Living talks with Addie Abushousheh, PhD, about the shifting changes in today's living spaces designed for older adults. Read More »

Partnerships@Work: A room with a view

For all its beauty, New England can get cold and dark. But two New Hampshire senior living communities have found a way to provide residents with sunny “skies” year-round. Read More »

Flooring trends: Carpet’s new options

Is your long-term or post-acute care facility ready for a remodel? Carpeting choices may deserve a fresh look in your flooring decisions. Read More »

The weight of first impressions

More seniors are skipping the quickie day-tour and researching possible CCRCs through longer-stay visits. What kind of impression would your facility make if the "guest tour" lasted for four days and nights? Read More »

NAHB presents awards for 50+ housing

The National Association of Home Builders 50+ Housing Council has announced the winners of its 2014 Best of 50+ Housing Awards, which to aim honor excellence and innovation in design, development, lifestyle and marketing. Read More »

Effects of Quebec fire extend south and across an ocean

In the wake of a Quebec senior home fire, Tennessee officials give thanks for their sprinklers and U.K. fire safety experts call for more protections for the elderly in housing facilities there. Read More »

Is a liquor license key to attracting boomers?

Many of today’s seniors enjoy a daily cocktail. It’s their way of relaxing and putting the day’s worries behind them, to toast an achievement or cap off a celebration. Does senior living mark an end to that social outlet? Read More »

Geriatric emergency departments at hospitals have implications for long-term care

Infrastructure/structural redesign efforts as well as new protocols and care processes are addressing senior needs and affecting hospital readmissions and the use of LTC facilities. Read More »

Senior housing occupancy up from cyclical low

The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry's MAP Data and Analysis Service has released its latest figures on occupancy, rent growth and construction for nursing care, assisted living and independent living properties. Read More »

Merwick wins senior living landscape architecture award

Rehabilitation for the real world inspired this award-winning design for a  therapy garden that brings long-term and short-term residents together in year-round outdoor therapy spaces. Read More »

Senior care market to grow to $437B by 2018: report

Opportunities to address the housing, healthcare and technology needs of seniors will continue to increase as the population ages, according to a new report. Read More »

Connected community

Instead of building “tiny towns” within senior residence communities, some housing models are incorporating the CCRC into the town instead. Read More »

Assisted living inventory growth still not widespread

Second quarter 2013 data finds that while construction of assisted living communities has grown, most of the activity is concentrated in a small number of metropolitan markets. Read More »

Short-term rehab boom: Innovation required

For years, the Green House model has promoted and provided person-centered care to long-term care residents. Now it is principles are being applied for use in the growing short-term rehabilitation area.  Read More »

NY senior housing market shows resilience; Miami struggles

Compared to the 31-city metro housing composite, some senior housing markets have battled quite well against the slow economy, while others still wait for recovery, notes the latest data from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry. Read More »

The power of nature

Artwork depicting the natural environment has the power to soothe and comfort residents in long-term care communities, as long as you choose the right scenes, explains interior designer Emily Ronck. Read More »

Evidence-based design in long-term care

When applied to long-term care settings, evidence-based design can combine the latest design techniques with proven research on what makes residents feel calm, happy and "at home"--and what design elements may actually improve residents' quality of life. Read More »