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EDITORIAL

Win-win
The road to happy residents is lined with happy workers
At a recent event put on by our sister publication
Healthcare Design (which is also staffed by the editors of
EFA), small-group discussions focused on a few different
industry topics, one of which was patient satisfaction and
how design could play a role in improving it. Christie Jones,
a color consultant who runs Color 43 in Sebastopol, Calif.,
shared a perspective from her work that struck a chord for
both healthcare and senior living environments.
Jones spends much of her time consulting on little
design changes that can make a big difference within
skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and rehab units. At one point,
she went into a SNF prior to a scheduled renovation and, immediately, the staff
were on their guard. They didn't want change, she explained. They didn't want
anyone messing with their environment and, in turn, with their processes.
So she told them: "We're going to start by redoing the staff lounge. Tell me
what you want it to be." It was a pretty simple way to ease the staff into a change
frame of mind and make them feel heard.
Jones, like many others, also spends a lot of time on lighting that better
supports staff, especially late-shift workers. At one community, she said, all
amber lights were installed in a small room where night nurses could sit for a while
after their shifts ended and calm their bodies before driving home and going to
bed.
Starting with staff needs is a sneaky-smart way to make everyone's lives better.
The approach may sound like you're putting resident needs second (by default),
but that doesn't have to be the case. Happier, better-rested caregivers, especially
in a SNF, will be more present and alert with the residents they tend to. Better
caregivers, better care, happier/healthier residents. In a way, you can consider

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staff needs a subset of resident needs. (For more on skilled nursing design, see
page 36.)
The people who support the residents-not just the staff, but visitors and the
neighborhood at large-are all worthy of attention in any senior living community's
design. In this issue, Jami Mohlenkamp of OZ Architecture (Denver) offers some
good tips about designing for each of these types of building users ("Making
Everyone Feel at Home," page 16).
Do you have other ideas for serving those who serve residents? We'd love to
hear them. EFA

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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 - Editorial
Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - 7
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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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Exterior Expectations
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Personalized Care
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - High Design
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Creative License
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Top 10 Remodel/ Renovation Projects
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Environments for Aging - Fall 2016 - Product Gallery
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