Category: To Age (page 1 of 3)

Debunking Myths About Senior Housing

LS&A Architecture and Interiors has been involved in the design of Senior Living Facilities around Boston and Miami for more than 20 years. In that time, we’ve seen quite a shift in the way these facilities – now communities – are thought about. Twenty years ago, the mission was to keep things durable as well as […]

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What Seniors and Their Children Want in Senior Housing

Choosing the right senior care situation for yourself or a loved one can be daunting. After more than 20 years working in senior care facility design, we’ve learned the little extras that make all the difference in the way seniors settle into their new Homes. Here’s a list you can evaluate and bring with you […]

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How Can We Make Hospitals Easier to Navigate?

Being lost conjures feelings of fear, isolation, abandonment and helplessness. So, it’s a shame when institutions that are supposed to be helping and healing, senior care facilities and hospitals come to mind, are difficult to navigate. Uniform wall and floor colors, hallways upon hallway and minimal signage can make it easy for the able-bodied and minded […]

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4 Design Principles for a Dementia-Friendly Environment

Have you ever been lost in a large university, hospital or government building? Once you become disoriented, there is a feeling of embarrassment and helplessness. So, imagine how it feels when seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s are moved from their familiar homes or apartments to a larger senior community that doesn’t make sense to them. It […]

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4 Ways to Keep Your Senior Living Facility From Getting the "Institutional" Stamp

Does “senior living facility” ring the institutional alarm bell for you? Fortunately, modern senior care facility design places greater emphasis on Home rather than Hospital. When architects and designers first made that shift, we ended up with a host of senior communities that looked like hotels instead. While this is preferable to an institutional feel, it’s […]

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Seniors Suffering from Alzheimers Moving Abroad for Affordable Care and Housing

While most of us think of Thailand as an exotic vacation spot, Europeans are beginning to look at it as a one-way destination for their aging relatives with Alzheimer’s. As an architectural firm that works in the area of affordable housing for seniors, we were fascinated by two recent articles discussing Thailand as an alternative […]

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Art and Alzheimer's: Giving Dementia Patients Therapy Through Art

Art therapy has been used with great success in several populations, however the most surprising one could be patients with progressed Alzheimer’s and dementia. It may seem counter-intuitive to think seniors who have trouble remembering loved ones or meaningful memories would be stimulated by art but, says Michal Herz of EMDA, the Alzheimer’s Association of […]

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Should Senior Residences Feel Like a Home or a Hotel?

Imagine the things you enjoy most about your home. Perhaps you love sitting in your favorite chair in the winter time, catching up on great books. Or, there’s your kitchen nook, where the bulk of your family’s memories are made. Now, compare these images with senior communities you have visited. Notice the energy shift? This […]

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Seniors Like Color Too!

There’s a reason why many Baby Boomers shudder when considering their long-term living options; for decades senior living facilities have been associated with drab interiors, devoid of color, energy, or creative interior design elements. In fact, many of them resemble hotels or hospitals much more than a place you would want to call Home. Fortunately, […]

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Blurring the Lines: The Mashup of Homes, Hospitals and Hotels

It’s difficult to determine where the lines between hospital, hotel, and home begin and end when contemplating senior care facility design. Hospitals are often associated with cold, clinical environments. Hotels can be lovely, but aren’t necessarily related to a feeling of home and, in fact, can be connected with a transient and less personalized lifestyle. […]

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