Wellness Through Design

We design senior communities that adapt to change while maintaining continuity in physical infrastructure, operations, and marketing.

This is true resilience—wellness through design.

To achieve this, our solutions rely on systemwide redundancies and rapid adaptations across each design element of senior communities. We've arranged each resiliency insight into five categories, from nourishment—how residents can safely share meals with each other—to designing for fresh air to safely supporting fitness. Each downloadable booklet describes our approach to resiliency along two operational tracks: Normal for robust everyday operations and adaptive for out-of-the-ordinary events.

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Vitality in the Village

November 11, 2020

Mary's Woods

Understanding the connection between a well-designed community and people’s overall resilience and health, our campus master plan for Mary’s Woods encourages residents to socialize with each other in a large-scale, pedestrian-centered village environment.

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September 24, 2020

Connection and Choice

Sharing meals is essential to people’s social and emotional wellness. Our insights support safer communal meals in senior living campuses that can adapt to social distancing requirements. Spatial redundancies—multiple dining venues, for example—and operational flexibilities—like easily rearranged seating—enable safer, more diverse, and more resilient food services.

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November 4, 2020

Fresh Air

Fresh air and wellness are intrinsically connected. With ready access to fresh air, people are more alert, physically healthier, able to heal quicker, happier, and more relaxed. And indoors, constantly refreshed air is far safer than stale or poorly filtered air. Our insights explore how designing for fresh air is part of designing for resiliency in senior communities.

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February 10, 2021

Natural Light

With access to natural daylight, we’re sharper and happier during the day, we sleep better at night, and we recovery faster when we’re sick. To properly daylight indoor spaces, designers must balance glazing, climate, solar and thermal gain, external views, nighttime darkness, and many more interdependent factors—far more than simply adding extra windows.

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Movement and Play

The connections between exercise and overall wellness are well established—but how can we, as designers, create senior communities that encourage healthy movement for people all physical abilities? How can we design fitness into residents’ everyday lives? These design insights reflect our solutions over decades’ worth of projects.

Downloadable insights coming soon. Click HERE to view projects.


Rest and Relaxation

Our homes should be comfortable, should rejuvenate us, and they can make or break our capacity for resiliency. Designing for comfort goes far beyond material or FF&E decisions to include communal space, biophilic design, sensitivity to place and culture and history, even flexible spaces that adapt to fit each residents’ individual conceptions of home and relaxation.

Downloadable insights coming soon. Click HERE to view projects.