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Going Beyond ADA In Bathroom Design

Posted by: Steve Leone

Article included within Environments for Aging, Spring 2016 edition... Senior living bathrooms all tend to include the same elements, from shower to toilet, but how those elements might be located to achieve optimal results is anything but ordinary. That’s what Francis E. Parker Memorial Home Inc., owner and operator of long-term care community Parker at Monroe (PAM) in Monroe, N.J., proved to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Continue Reading

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Optics and Outcomes

Posted by: Steve Leone

If it looks like a house and smells like a house, is it a home? In designing long-term care environments, or as we used to call them, nursing homes, we take great pains to re-create places that look just like the ones we came from. They may have peaks or porches, kitchens or dens, laundries or gardens but they all try to replicate home. It’s natural of course since we work so hard to make our homes just right; comfortable, warm, and above all, ours. Continue Reading

Let there be (the right) light

Posted by: Paul Gibeault

What type of lighting is ‘right’ for a senior living space? Answering that question involves understanding many variables affecting the quality of light including but not limited to brightness, contrast, glare and color temperature. Keeping up with technology advancements and building code changes adds yet another layer of complexity. Overlay these variables with the continual desire to recreate home-like environments for senior living while also delivering regulated health care services at times and you have a complex and nuanced formula to calculate in trying to answer the question. Continue Reading

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Dangers in the Darkness

Posted by: Frank Sherman

Severe Weather Can Disrupt Your Operations. Will You Be Ready? 715,000 customers lost power this winter in the Philadelphia region, caused by the latest in a string of severe weather events that have disrupted service. Prolonged power outages are more than an annoyance, they can be life threatening. Continue Reading

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The Only Constant Is (Culture) Change

Posted by: Steve Leone

The only constant is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. — Isaac Asimov Continue Reading