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COMMUNITY Making everyone feel at home Creating spaces that address staff and visitor satisfaction will pay off in improving resident satisfaction, too By Jami Mohlenkamp M ost senior living, skilled nursing, and short-term rehabilitation communities are developed and designed with residents' needs in mind. However, considering more than just the basic functional needs of other user groups who interact with the building-staff, visitors, and even passersby-is also worthy of consideration in the early design phases and can have a significant positive impact in a variety of ways. When staff-who work long and demanding shifts-have amenities incorporated just for them, their ability to provide the highest level of care improves. When special attention is given to visitors, considering how to make their time with loved ones more enjoyable and convenient, residents will in turn receive more frequent and longer visits, which can improve their well-being and combat feelings of isolation. Thoughtfully designing the building's exterior creates a positive impression on members of the local community who may only ever see it-and judge it-from the outside. OZ Architecture's senior living practice recently conducted an in-depth exploration of the needs of each of these user groups, an exercise that included where and how they spend their time and ways design and architecture could elevate their experience. The results offer important insights into the most beneficial ways to build and design communities that inspire comfortable and positive experiences for those who interact with them. With a good understanding of how and where different staff members spend their time, with whom they spend it, and their common needs, design elements can be developed that will increase employee well-being and, as a result, improve the resident experience. In the firm's exploration of this topic, community staffers weighed in on amenities that can enhance their time in the workplace and provide a place for them to retreat and relax, such as: 16 EFAmagazine.com * Fall 2016 * Access to natural light. This was found to be very important to the well-being of staff members, who typically spend time in areas of a facility that have little access to daylight. Bringing daylight into corridors, nurses' stations, and kitchens with the addition of windows and skylights can have a dramatic effect on employees' day-to-day experiences and happiness at work. This courtyard at Flatirons Terrace in Boulder, Colo., was designed to provide additional outdoor space and a pathway system that could be enjoyed for short walks by residents and their visitors. Note the bollards on the right side, which provide soft light that enhances the pedestrian experience. The use of bollards also prevents bright light from shining into nearby resident units. LACASSE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR OZ ARCHITECTURE Staff http://www.EFAmagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Environments for Aging - Fall 2016

Environments for Aging - Fall 2016
Contents
EFAmagazine.com
Editorial
Show Talk
Bulletin
Community
Bigger in Texas
Exterior Expectations
Personalized Care
High Design
Creative License
Top 10 Remodel/ Renovation Projects
Design Profiles
Product Gallery
Q+A
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - EFAmagazine.com
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Editorial
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Show Talk
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Bulletin
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Community
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