Seniors Housing Business

AUG-SEP 2018

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52 Seniors Housing Business n August-September 2018 munity in Alexandria, Virginia, in May and is underway on another in Potomac, Maryland. Bacon says employee spaces are more important in new developments than they were in the past. "We have been talking about this as we designed our last building and as we are designing our next one." As some owners seek to design and deliver calm, clean respite areas for their employees, others are encouraging staff to interact with residents more often. "Some owners are allowing staff to participate in salon activities with their families or designate hours they can eat in the dining room instead of eating in their own break room," says Bacon. "Anything we can do to make employees feel confident about the company they work for is really important." Lighting, dining, outdoors Technology and LED lighting are hot trends in design today. Five years ago, fluorescent lighting was in demand, while LED lighting was expensive and seemed fussy. However, owners are now discov- ering that LED lamps last much longer and aren't as cost-prohibi- tive. Owners also like adjustable- temperature lighting, which mim- ics natural light from sunrise to sunset. This helps residents with dementia maintain healthy circa- dian rhythms. Dining trends are changing the layout of food-service spaces as well. Jackson shares that Studi- oSIX5 is increasingly designing open kitchens and demonstration kitchens. "Studies have shown that when chefs can see the resident while they're preparing the food, the quality of the food goes up. We're also seeing less restrictive cook- ing technologies, where we design hoodless cooking or sous-vide. It's a much cleaner way to cook." Sous-vide is a slow cooking pro- cess in which food is placed in plastic or glass and submerged in water that is warm but that cooks at a much lower temperature. Cooking techniques such as this decrease the need for bulky venti- lation hoods. While gardens and raised beds have long been popular at senior living communities, Jackson says these features are in even greater demand, given the farm-to-table food trend. Residents today want to grow their own vegetables and include them in meals they share with the community. Aspen Ridge, an independent living, assisted living and mem- ory care community in Bend, Oregon, owned by Frontier Man- agement, has been drawing atten- tion with its hop-growing and beer-brewing program. In addition to enjoying pints at the property, the Aspen Ridge "Brew Crew" collaborates with a local brewery each year to release a beer where sales go toward funding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Outdoor spaces are also a la mode right now. Fifteen years ago, developers used to tell Jack- son that residents don't use out- door space because they never go outside. Not anymore. "A lot of the amenity space is moving out- doors," she says. StudioSIX5 is creating outdoor areas that include a variety of seat- ing, outdoor kitchens, bocce ball courts, putting greens and dog walking and washing areas. At PSL's Milton community, Banko wanted the intergenera- tional, interactive theme to carry through from the indoors to out- side. Consequently, she worked with the team to design a play- ground directly next to a fire pit surrounded by soft seating, as well as a walking path around the building. "It's about creating easily obtain- able destinations," she says. "Resi- dents come out of the front of the building and they're in this great outdoor space that provides them a place to gather and visit. Young vis- itors, adult children and residents are all able to be in the fresh air and enjoy the outdoor amenities." n Faulkner Design Group designed Stonecrest of Wildwood in Wildwood, Missouri. The dining area shows the firm's aesthetic support of a concierge-style of programming. 303-773-0436 | – Visioning – Programming – Master Planning – Architecture – Repositioning – Interior Design Designing a NEW GENERATION of Senior Environments Lantz-Boggio Architects is a national award-winning Architecture and Interior Design firm, specializing in the design of Senior Living and Care Environments.

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