Seniors Housing Business

MAY-JUN 2018

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Page 33 of 40 33 May-June 2018 n Seniors Housing Business 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. Analyzing the industry SHB: What's your opinion on stand-alone memory care versus a combination of assisted living and memory care, since you offer both options? Nowokunski: There's a need for both. You'll see more new and different models evolving in the future. The demand is just going to be astronomical, unfortunately. Our senior population is going to grow enormously, and the propensity for dementia grows with that. We do both for several reasons. When we're building an indepen- dent living and assisted living community, we would never build one without a memory care com- ponent. Maybe you have a couple where one needs memory care and the other doesn't, or people just want to remain in the commu- nity that they know. That's always going to be a component of the continuum. Meanwhile, stand-alone mem- ory care works very well for us. On a national level some are strug- gling, but it works well for us because we invest an enormous amount of energy into the design and the training for associates. Everybody is very well educated on Alzheimer's disease. Because of the specialty nature of the stand-alone memory care, you get residents coming from far- ther distances to go to a special- ized program. Coughlin: Another lesson we've learned on stand-alone memory care is that we're not just taking care of the resident, we're taking care of the family. When families choose a Northbridge commu- nity for their mom or dad, they're partnering with caregivers that are specially trained. We can teach the family what to expect. SHB: What do you consider to be the perfect size for a commu- nity in terms of total number of units and square footage? Nowokunski: Typically our mixed communities range from 70 to 110 units, with memory care accounting for 25 to 30 units of that total. On our stand-alone memory care, we have 60 to 70 units. For memory care, our buildings are designed in neighborhoods. We like the typical neighborhood to range from 12 to 18 residents with a maximum of 22. That's manageable. It gives us the staffing ratios to be efficient and not over- power our residents. Our buildings are designed with each neighborhood having outdoor secured space, a kitchen area, dining area and activity area. It truly is their own neighbor- hood that residents can get famil- iar with, as well as the staff within that neighborhood. Our memory care brand name is Avita, which means "for life." When you come into Avita, it's very calming. Our residents' fami- lies say it feels like a spa. There's a fountain, a fireplace, a living room. It allows the family to decom- press before seeing their family member. The staff will be around to say "mom's having a difficult day today" or "mom's doing well with this." There's a comfort that happens through the design of the building. Coughlin: Smaller neighbor- hoods are beneficial for staff. Our associates get to really under- stand each resident, and they get to know the families. So, we can provide specialized care to the residents. How to build a company SHB: What is the owner- ship structure like for your communities? Coughlin: We currently oper- ate 16 communities, 15 of which are single-purpose entities that we own and operate with investor Northbridge's home office in Burlington, Mass., includes plaques showing the company's vision for the future of seniors housing.

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