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December 07 , 2008

Is Assisted Living SAFE?


The basic design of assisted living/Alzheimer’s homes has been virtually unchanged since the inception of the industry! Residents of these homes, however, have changed a great deal in that time. They are more frail, less coherent and more dependent than ever before. Today's assisted living remains unsafe and a danger to your loved one!

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Assisted living/Alzheimer’s homes have not been adapted to these changes in resident health and are generally not designed to serve these people safely. It causes needless injuries, hospitalizations and discharges.

If you are looking for a home to relocate a loved one, you must read about which designs work and which are dangerous. The difference in these designs often determines the length of time your loved stays in a home before having to move to a skilled care facility, as well as the quality of life they enjoy while living there.

If you are a designer/architect you must review some new approaches in design for assisted living/Alzheimer’s. The focus should be on the resident. The problem the designers must address is the safety of the resident, and the livability of the home for the resident. See how.

The solution is not the “apartment building paradigm", which has been the basic design model since the industry started.

Find out why the apartment building design is bad and which designs are better. Both your client and the resident will be better served.

Design problems negatively affect the resident every hour, every day, all the time. It matters.

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