Designing Emergency Rooms for Seniors

Emergency Rooms and the Aging Population By 2030 one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. The fastest growing population is adults over 85. Emergency Rooms can be chaotic and a dangerous place for older adults. Long wait times, bright lights, stark white walls and very shiny floors all add to the … Continued

Seniors and Loneliness – Caring Solutions

According to a report by the Pew Research Center (May 2016) roughly 12 million Americans over the age of 65 live alone and most of them are women. While it’s not a fair statement to say that all seniors living by themselves are lonely, a solitary living state can lead to isolation. A number of … Continued

Healthcare Fabrics – Busy Environments Require Hard Working Fabrics

You’ve just made a visit to the doctor and you’ve taken a seat in the waiting room. That seat was occupied by a hundred before you that day. When you sit down in a healthcare lobby or waiting room you aren’t thinking about how hard the fabrics are working on that seat but you should … Continued

Know Before You Go! Cost and Level of Care in Communities

Assisted living communities should provide each resident with the help one needs to sustain a happy and healthy lifestyle. The community should meet a person’s needs and wants, to help the resident make good decisions about their lives on an ongoing basis. Bring a checklist of questions when you interview communities Prepare questions to ask … Continued

Kwalu is Clean, Infection Control Furniture

Decreasing the risk of cross-transmission of dangerous pathogens Research suggests that environmental surface contamination can play a vital role in the transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens such as MRSA, VRE, Acinetobacter, Norovirus and C. diff. Cleanability is key. Kwalu’s non-coated, non-porous furniture can withstand the most rigorous cleaning protocols while exceeding hospital furniture standards. Healthcare Associated … Continued

You’re Senior, Single and Relocating – Now What?

There are many living choices single seniors aged 70 and above can make when they decide to move out of their homes. The popular choice for these seniors is becoming continuing care retirement communities. Transitioning from homes they’ve owned for decades can be very stressful, not only for the resident but for their families and … Continued

What Makes a Hospital Stand Out

In the case of an emergency, you don’t really have a choice in the decision about which hospital you go to. When the choice is up to you, what makes a hospital stand out as a favorite and what features make you turn and run? Everyone wants a hospital to provide top notched care and … Continued

Be Smart about the Surfaces in Healthcare

Healthcare furniture must maintain visual allure and support hospital infection prevention protocols with surfaces that are easy to thoroughly clean with bleach year after year. It is a fact that germs are spread and people can catch a cold, virus or something more serious in the air we breathe. But have you considered how many … Continued

Senior Living Dining for an Expanding Market

Dining in modern senior living is changing. Residents and their families want the opportunity to select where they dine and how they dine. Grand dining rooms have not disappeared in senior living communities. They remain the formal place for group meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. However senior living communities now provide more choices for … Continued

Designing Memory Care Environments

Memory care is one of the fastest growing segments in Senior Living. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s statistics, increasing age is the greatest risk factor for the disease, doubling every five years after age 65. In memory care, furniture sets the standard that provides a sense of home and familiarity without sacrificing a sense of … Continued

Design is in the Details – Senior Living Design Trends for 2018

Diverse yet accommodating common areas Modern senior living design details in common areas open the door to an entertaining space filled with activities for the culturally diverse group of people who live there. It can be challenging to devise an activity plan when you have to consider varied cultural and religious backgrounds. Add the fact … Continued

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