Light levels for seniors

January 16th, 2012 No Comments

Often times I work on senior living projects, where we run into the senior appropriate light level issues. This is a common scenario in the 20-30 year old facilities. Lighting requirements, when these properties were built, were not as stringent, or non-existent for that matter, creating a slew of issues for designers today.
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Aging in Place; Stuck without Options

July 4th, 2011 1 Comment

“Aging in place” is identified as not having to move from one’s present residence in order to secure necessary support services in response to changing need. It means having a safe, accessible and comfortable home to live in as your body and mind age. Accessibility does not limit itself to no-barrier entry, wide doorways and lack of stairs. A huge component of accessibility has to do with independent and public options to get to/from your barrier-free home. Suburb lovers, listen up. read more

Multi-sensory interior design

April 4th, 2011 No Comments

Environments for Aging conference left me inspired and motivated to expend my knowledge in such areas as universal design, lighting for the aging eye as well as multi-sensory design. Chris Downey, Architecture for the Blind, Joyce Polhamus, SmithGroup, and Diana Kissil, SmithGroup talked knowledgeably on how crucial design that engages all senses (not just vision) is. read more

Evidence-based design for individuals with dementia

March 21st, 2011 1 Comment

Maggie Calkins, in one of the morning sessions at Environments for Aging conference, addressed the new design solutions for the dementia individuals, based on field-collected evidence. Based on various studies, she has presented many points that are proven to bring dignity and independence back to dementia patients’ day to day life. read more

Code variances in senior living design

March 20th, 2011 No Comments

I have just set through my first session of Environments for Aging Conference in Atlanta, GA. Eric S. McRoberts w/RLPS Architects took the audience on a journey through the history of nursing homes, healthcare codes, and senior needs reflective of the ever changing culture. read more