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Falls are one of the biggest safety concerns
for older residents living in any type of community. "Most falls happen in the bathroom
or between the bed and the bathroom," says
Laura Busalacchi, senior director of interiors
at Brookdale Senior Living Inc. in Milwaukee,
which owns and operates more than 1,000
senior living and senior care facilities in the
U.S. As awareness of the issue has grown,
Busalacchi says manufacturers have introduced new lighting products to the market to
help improve safety in resident apartments
without looking institutional. Some, such as
bedframe lights or table lamps, have sensor
technology to detect motion and turn on when

a resident gets out of bed. Others use amber
lighting to provide a soft glow that supports
circadian rhythms while providing visual cues.
Use of grab bars and handrails with LED or
amber lights has also become more common
in resident rooms and bathrooms. For a project
that's currently on the boards for a senior living
community in the Midwest, Thoma-Holec's
design team is putting in a lean rail with a
soft amber light leading from the bed to the
bathroom to help direct residents. There are
also decorative products like wall mirrors that
incorporate lighting in a sophisticated fashion,
as well as other lighting design strategies that
can cue residents without looking institutional.
"In memory care, we often subtly light the

Above: An eclectic design approach allows for
a variety of senior-appropriate seating options
in this integrated independent/assisted living
main dining room at Generations at Ahwatukee
in Phoenix, designed by Thoma-Holec Design.
Left: This household living room at JGS LifecareSosin Center for Rehabilitation in Longmeadow,
Mass., designed by Perkins Eastman, features
a seamless transition between carpet and vinyl
flooring.
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Fall prevention strategies

frame of the bathroom door," Bogart says. "It
looks stylish and serves as a visual cue for
orientation and wayfinding at night."
Flooring is another design component that
impacts falls. In assisted living and memory
care, patterns shouldn't be too busy or
colorful, as this could be jarring for someone
who is visually impaired and/or confused. "In
memory care, we strive to have only a
20 percent shade difference in color patterns," says Thoma-Holec. In independent
and assisted living communities, she says
she can use bolder patterns and colors to
set the theme and style of purposeful spaces
such as dining rooms or art studios.
Because of the desire for more and varied
amenity spaces in senior living communities,
designers are expanding their flooring options to include luxury vinyl tile (LVT), porcelain ceramic tile, broadloom carpet, modular
carpet, rubber flooring, cork, linoleum, and
higher-end engineered hardwood floors. This
shift means designers must ensure there's a
smooth transition between various flooring materials to help prevent residents from
catching an edge of a wheelchair, walker, or
shoe. "Clunky standard rubber transition
strips can be a trip hazard," Bogart says,
adding that several manufacturers have recently come out with sleek, slim profile transition strips and thicker LVT materials that
approach the layer of thickness of adjacent
carpet. "Without the difference in height
[between the different flooring materials], we
can do a very slim transition or no transition
at all. It's visually cleaner and physically less
of an obstacle."
While wood-grain vinyl plank flooring has
become a style trend in senior living environments, there are some safety issues to
consider, including maintenance and proper
installation. "If it isn't cleaned properly, the
wear layer is damaged and becomes tacky,"
Busalacchi says. This can become a trip


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