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whose loved ones are admitted
to physical rehabilitation hospitals face daunting
challenges, including the possibility of a very different life when returning home. More immediately,
though, they must handle long hours in a rehab facility as patients recover, including daily therapy
sessions. Recognizing that caregivers need care, too,
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, N.Y.,
created the Marsal Caregiver Center, which opened in June 2018 to
provide clinical and social services while also offering a place of respite
for caregivers only. "We hope that a calmer mindset and sense of being
will help them embrace the changes that await," says Carla Assenza, a
social worker and director of the Marsal Caregiver Center.
Working with EwingCole (New York), the hospital sought to renovate a former lounge into an 1,845-square-foot
oasis using materials and colors that connect
the interior with the natural landscape. The materials palette includes stone and wood complemented by hues of gray, blue, brown, and green.
Located on the first floor near the cafeteria, the
center's entrance features a curved marble-look
wall with glass doors leading to a greeter station
staffed by volunteers. A woven tapestry backdrop in shades of blue evokes calming lake and
mountain images, while a cheerful light fixture
overhead resembles gingko leaves. To the right,
a wall of built-in cabinets and bookshelves is
stocked with resource materials. "Textures were
very important. We wanted to engage all the
senses but avoided too many contrasting colors
due to the older average age of the visitors," says
Sophie Buttiens, principal in charge of the project for EwingCole.
Furnishings and other elements inside the center were extensively tested with focus groups,
including former caregivers and the lead donors,
Bryan and Kathleen Marsal, who weighed in on
key decisions such as eliminating televisions

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ambassadors, the front desk
features a nature-inspired
lighting fixture as a focal
point and a soothing woven
backdrop. RI GH T: Before
its renovation into the
Marsal Caregiver Center,
the 1918 parlor at Burke
Rehabilitation Hospital had
an institutional feel. B E L OW:
The living room features two
gathering areas, resource
stations with computers,
and a kitchenette with
complimentary beverages
and snacks.

within the space and incorporating two small
private rooms. "Real life hasn't stopped for the
caregivers," Assenza says. "They expressed the
need for private space to meet with family members, discuss care with hospital staff, or just take a
moment for themselves."
The centerpiece of the $626,000 project is a
sunroom with a round dome-topped skylight
and a 180-degree curved wall of windows fronting a lush landscape. Through a pair of translucent sliding doors is the living room, with works
by local artists hanging on the walls and a decorative light fixture hanging over a long communal table. Two resource stations with computers
are available for those seeking more care-related
information, while a nearby kitchenette provides a space for a fresh cup of coffee. "The space
has a very different feel from the rest of the hospital," says Assenza, who notes that the project
was a rare improvement opportunity that wasn't
revenue-driven. "When visitors enter, you can
just see them breathe differently."-Jennifer
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Orthopedic Facilities Special Report: Teaming Up
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