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SPACE FOR SOCIAL

Stand out among other restaurants by designing a space capturing timeless quality interiors and design trends that encourage a “mention” or “share” in the social media space.

AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

In an age of meal prep and delivery services, dining out is just as much about the experience as it is the plate in front of you. Create an atmosphere that encourages community, conversation and ensures repeat consumers.

IN PLAIN SIGHT

More than just the physical space, help customers engage in all their senses by allowing them to see their food being prepared, smell the aroma and feel a rounded experience when eating at a restaurant.

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A SPACE TO INCREASE HEALTH​

People who have access to natural light enjoy significantly lower blood pressure, communicate more often with others, laugh more and are in better moods that those who receive large doses of artificial light.​

VIEWS THAT ALLEVIATE STRESS

95% of all individuals who are asked how to alleviate a stressful situation respond that they are most comforted and soothed by seeing outdoors.​

SLOW DOWN MEMORY DECLINE​

Individuals with the highest social integration had the slowest rate of memory decline. In fact, memory decline among the most integrated was less than half the rate among the least integrated. ​

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VITAMIN D FOR WELLBEING​

It is beneficial for people to spend time outside, even for a limited time, during the day. As vitamin D levels rise, studies suggest our bodies increase the ability to fight certain conditions. From osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks.

BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

Research shows that sounds from nature, such as birdsong or rippling water, promote faster recovery from stressful tasks compared with traffic and ambient building noise.

NATURE AND WELLNESS

Access outdoors has the strongest positive effect on peoples' psychology.​

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PREVENT EARLY COGNITIVE DECLINE​

Studies have suggested that an active social life may reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline among the elderly.​

WELLNESS-CENTERED SOCIAL SPACES​

Staying socially active and maintaining interpersonal relationships can help maintain good physical and emotional health and cognitive function.​

LOWER RISK OF DISEASE

Creating spaces that exercise the brain and challenge cognitive skills are extremely important as there has become a higher desire for elders to continue being educated after retirement. Stimulating the brain raises cognitive levels and lowers the chances of dementia.​

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ABSORB DISTRACTING NOISE

The wood-looking ceiling is actually acoustical tile which, when combined with the right flooring, absorbs noise. This helps residents to have easily understood conversations while dining.

FULL MENU OF SEATING OPTIONS.

Booth seating helps accommodate personal preference and physical abilities while adding to the restaurant-like atmosphere.

GARNISHED WITH ADJUSTABLE LIGHTING.

Adjustable lighting not only accentuates architecture, but gives the staff options to create varied ambiance based on meal time or occasions.

A NATURAL TOUCH.

The use of materials found in nature — stone, wood, fire, reeds, leaves — provides direct connection with the outdoors and creates a sense of comfort and well-being for residents.

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AVOID DISTRACTIONS

Choosing a neutral color palette helps reduce distractions. Adding darker accent paint provides contrast that makes it easier to see performers and presenters.

STACKABLE SEATING.

Stackable, light-weight seating offers flexibility and is easy on staff without sacrificing durability and comfort.

HELP EVERYONE SEE AND HEAR.

Aging challenges both vision and hearing. Investing in the use of professional lighting and sound experts in auditorium design ensures the audience will always see and hear clearly.

VERSATILE SPACES.

Having space that can be used for various activities helps senior living facilities be flexible and accommodate a wide variety of programming.

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AUDIENCE-CENTRIC SEATING

Choose attractive furniture and furnishings that are designed with your audience in mind. The right seat height with firm cushions and strong arms can make chairs easier for seniors to get in and out of.

CREATE DESTINATION SPACES.

Embrace the hospitality model and create alternative dining spaces such as a bistro atmosphere that residents may seek out. Dining is a highly anticipated event for many seniors that includes big servings of socializing.

THE RIGHT RECIPE FOR LIGHTING.

Supplementing overhead lighting with ambient lighting meets the needs of the aging eye while preserving the warmth and ambiance of the space.

PLEASE CURRENT AND FUTURE CLIENTELE.

Not only do varied dining areas please current residents, they appeal to prospective residents and their families.

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MAY WE HELP YOU?

A round table in a workstation area invites residents and their families to approach and access concierge-type assistance.

PRIVACY WITH VISIBILITY.

Alternating panels of nature-inspired acrylic panels provide both areas of privacy for the staff to do heads-down work and open spaces that lets them maintain visibility of residents.

BRING NATURE INSIDE.

Nature-inspired floor coverings can tie interior spaces into the exterior setting, which is especially beneficial to those who can no longer go outdoors. Design features that evoke nature have been shown to reduce stress.

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THE RIGHT SURFACES & STORAGE

Use flooring and surfaces that are impermeable to hair dyes and products to maintain a neat, professional appearance. The right storage areas keep potentially dangerous products and styling equipment tucked safely away.

KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS.

Provide furniture and furnishing designed for the physical abilities of seniors. For example, chairs designed to be easy for seniors to get into and out of with fabric that stands up to things like incontinence.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHT.

Studies show the eyes of the elderly only receive about 40% of the available light compared to those of a 20-year-old. Supplementing overhead lighting creates multiple light sources that accommodate senior eyes while maintaining a more spa-like feel.

CONVENIENCE OF LOCATION.

Having amenities onsite, especially beauty salons and spas, gives residents a higher level of convenience.

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CREATE COMMUNITY

Multiuse spaces that are conducive to conversations, games and a variety of other uses are critical to building a sense of community. Research proves social interaction is beneficial to the elderly.

FLOORING THAT STANDS UP.

You don’t have to sacrifice appearance to have durable, specialized flooring. Moisture barrier-backed carpets stand up to spilled liquids of all kinds and can extend product life.

HOME-LIKE SEATING.

Replicating a living room setting with comfortable chairs and natural light encourages highly beneficial social interaction.

CONNECT WITH NATURE.

Create a visual connection with the outdoors through the use of strategically placed windows and carefully considered window treatments. Exposure to natural light has been shown to preserve natural circadian rhythms.

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As life expectancy increases, so does the importance of quality senior living spaces. Invest in spaces that create a sense of community and help engage each resident’s mind, body and spirit.
Why space matters in senior living spaces...
  • Person-Centered Care Person-centered care creates a better experience for residents by promoting choice, purpose and meaning in daily life. We create choice by varying the types of spaces we design and furnish.  Studies show that 60% of a resident’s day is focused on meal times and they are demanding quality meals in a wide range of settings.
  • A More Demanding PopulationProjections show that by 2030 the over-65 population will have doubled from 35 million to 72 million compared to 2000. More senior living communities will be needed to accommodate the growing population and demand for choice will also escalate.
  • Active Aging and Holistic Wellness
    Design spaces that enable active aging.  This includes fully engaging in life within all dimensions of wellness, including emotional, environmental, intellectual/cognitive, physical, professional/vocation, social and spiritual. There is also a growing demand for social and physical connection with people, indoor and outdoor spaces and the entire community.
  • Make Room for Innovation
    Technological innovation is creating breakthroughs in elder care. Having spaces that can adapt to future technology innovations enables a continuum of exceptional care to residents.
  • Impending Labor Shortage
    The Bureau of Labor projects a shortage of more than one million care providers by 2022, which could impact the ability of a community to provide the right level of care. Spaces designed with the needs of the caregiver in mind can improve both efficiency and retention.

Trends in Senior Living

Getting Better with Age: Design for Senior and Assisted Living Facilities

Getting Better with Age: Design for Senior and Assisted Living Facilities

The imminent surge of Americans who will be entering facilities that provide varying degrees of assisted care has led to improvements in architecture and amenities. As part of the movement, open-plan, residential-scale settings, in which empowered residents and caregivers partner to create nurturing communities, are increasing in popularity.

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