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Does your senior care environment need updating? Do you often wonder what a designer would do to update your space, within your budget?

Now’s your chance to make that dream a reality through EFA’s RESCUE ME program.

Environments for Aging is conducting a unique opportunity to bring communities and designers together through a program created to demonstrate the impact of renovating space within a senior environment.

Here’s how it works….

Facilities may submit under the following categories: resident rooms, activity/wellness areas, dining venues, or public spaces (courtyards, corridors, lounges, etc.). Each submission will by anonymous*, and include:

  • up to 6 images of the space
  • floor plan (enlarged to show existing space)
  • location of facility (city/state)
  • square footage of existing space
  • approximate budget
  • narrative describing how the space is used, what’s working, what’s not, etc.
  • wish list: your “must haves” for the renovation; how you plan to utilize the space in the future

* for your privacy


Due date: September 14, 2012

Presentation must be submitted electronically to Donna Paglia at PDF preferred; Powerpoint or Word acceptable. We suggest approximately 250-400 word narrative to include square footage; wish list, future use, and approximate budget within the text. Images and floor plans should be legible and on separate “slides” with photos capturing as much of the space as possible so the designers have a good visual idea of your current space.

Your contact information should be included in the body of your e-mail so that I may contact you; however, this information will NOT be released.

Questions may be directed to Donna Paglia at 216-373-1210 or emailed to

The editorial team and advisory board of Environments for Aging will select TWO submissions under each category to post on our website. These submissions will be offically announced to our readers as our 2012 Rescue Me program participants.


Posting Date: September 14, 2012

Architects and designers will then have the opportunity to review submittals and choose which one(s) they wish to rescue. Up to 3 submissions are acceptable under the same category if a designer wishes to offer several options for one facility category. Submissions may also be made under both facilities under the same category. They will be challenged with developing a design concept, illustrations, renderings, and solutions to the existing space, within or near the proposed budget. Presentations will be prepared and submitted virtually, and anonymously. Students are also eligible to participate. Note: Publisher has the right to limit the total number of submissions under a particular category/project to encourage equal participation levels.

Electronic Submissions Due: October 24 (a non-refundable fee of $125 will be due for each submission to cover administrative and programming costs). A submission kit and instructions will be posted to this site page at a later date.

A jury of experts in the senior care design industry will review all projects virtually. Those projects meeting the approval of the jury will be forwarded to the facility for their internal review.

The facility will choose which project they feel best meets their needs, as well as any “runners-up”. A member of our editorial team will interview the facility to understand what captured their interests within the presentations. These projects will be published in a special online exclusive article of Environments for Aging and will be be housed online within our Remodel-Renovation section of the site.

Facilities and winners will be introduced; however facilities will have the option to remain anonymous should they wish. If the facility should proceed with hiring the firm to complete their renovation, Environments for Aging will follow their progress.

For more information, contact Donna Paglia at 216.373.1210 or email