By Tara D. Loughman
For a project I did in my undergraduate studies, I put together a concept for a senior living community. My main purpose was that one that would be inviting and healthy to all. I researched many different cases that accommodate to a person's needs in an environment. In any senior home, the client, can feel taken advantage of and feel that things are only ending for them. No one wants that for a loved one, I want the client to feel as if their patients were at home and in an environment that makes them the most comfortable.
I decided to renovate an existing building and construct a functional retirement and assisted living facility with the state of the art medical care and other great amenities. The concept comes from wanting to explore the healthcare field. I want the space to be attractive and encouraging, with a sense of feeling at home. The space should give the impression of ones residence, not a sterol hospital.
There are three buildings. The first structure will be the main building for office spaces and all administrative services. The building will also occupy a deli and micro-market, credit union, doctor offices, and a fitness center with a pool for therapeutic exercise.
The second building is intended for the retirement community. There are plenty of activities to do in the clubroom, along with the lounge, Movie Theater, and library. Also included will be a restaurant with fine sit down accommodations that allow the resident to the experience of going out to dine and not have a cafeteria style feel. A salon for everyone’s use will be available throughout the community and at cooperative times.
The third and final building is for resident’s that require more medical attention and care. The building will be designed for Assisted Living and Acute care patients. In the building, there are medical offices for easy management, along with nurses and volunteers for everyday help. Like the second building, there will also be a restaurant, along with a salon, game room, and lounge.
The purpose of having so many medical offices, salons, gyms, and restaurants, is to make the client feel at ease and not have to feel as if they have leave the campus. This makes things convenient for the client, patients, and for their families. This is not to be looked at as if they are to only stay in their specific building, but for patients who find it easier or are limited more can still have the independence in doing things they once enjoyed doing.
The concept for the care and homes is to have specific spaces, for everyday, real life experiences, with the grasp for wellbeing and strength for a longer, healthier life. The design, for the three buildings, has been arranged to be relaxing and comforting to all patients and ones who may be visiting. Many effects added are to be reminiscent to the patient and their memories of their "younger" years. A traditional sense will account for most materialized products, but the latest technology will be in accommodation for fast and adequate services to the patients and their needs.