Residential Care Facilities

FGI is pleased to present a new video series that showcases the experiences and perspectives of individuals working and living in person-centered residential care settings. Titled Residential Care Guidelines: A Provider, Designer, and Regulator Perspective, the series offers 24 short videos, which run from two to nine minutes each. The topics covered range from creating community to sustainable design to the relationships between residents and care providers. (See below for the complete list of topics.)

A new video will be released each Friday beginning October 27th until all 24 are available from the FGI website. We encourage you to check back periodically to see what’s new!

The series will culminate in a one-hour program sponsored by Mannington Commercial. Titled A Provider, Designer, and Regulator Perspective, this program will use an interview format to highlight the relevance, utility, and application of the minimum requirements and guidance offered in the Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities (Residential Guidelines).  Continuing education credits will be provided by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Systems (CES) and by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council for members of ASID, IIDA, IDC, and IDEC. FGI will provide this one-hour learning unit program as part of its Beyond Fundamentals offerings in the near future.


The CEO of a senior living community explains the philosophical and economic forces behind the differences between the traditional and household models and today’s choices for how people want to live.


Person-Centered Care Households – A Caregiver’s Perspective

Resident Feels at Home

A Great Bathing Experience

Household: Resident Choice and Quality of Life

Continuum of Care

Independent Living Model at Garden Spot Village

Adult Day Care – Day and Night Programming

Sustainability – ASHRAE 189.1 and the New ASHRAE 189.3 for Health Care

Senior Living Sustainability Guide® as a Process Guide

State Adoption and Use of the Guidelines – Regulator, Provider, and Designer Perspective

A Resident’s Perspective – Loving the Household and Care

A Resident’s Perspective – Volunteering as a Key Part of Life

Saving Real Money – ROI Results from the Planning Process

First Costs and Human Costs

Environment of Care Considerations: Person-Centered Care

Importance of the Resident Safety Risk Assessment

Transformation from Traditional Model into a Household Model

Institutional Model as Last Resort

The Center of “Home”: is the Kitchen

Importance of Residential Scale

Part of the Family

Trending Multi-Generational Settings

A Sustainable Life

AuthorLauren Erickson

By: Jane Rohde

What if we took design cues from everyday environments, like hotels, and made them priority for senior-living spaces?

What if we looked at senior living as though it were a part of a wonderful, experiential life? Instead of considering the “dis-ease” and care needs first, we look at what has meaning for an individual. What are the affinity interests that a person has had in their younger years and subsequent later years? When someone is looking for a senior-living setting for their loved one or themselves, what if the marketing and care team asked what is most important to them versus their blood pressure reading? “Lifestyle living” is a term that is being used within multifamily housing and the senior living marketplace—addressing living, wellness, and encouraging individuals to maximize their capabilities versus focusing on a person’s disability or inability—celebrating an individual’s uniqueness.  


On a recent trip to Montreal, I stayed in an exceptional boutique hotel, Le Petit Hotel & Café. The detail and design of the site was wonderful. The wayfinding, branding, and signage were consistently iconic: the home icon for the hotel that becomes the coffee pot for the cafe, the soft cotton robe with the same icon, the card key that reinforces the wayfinding for the hotel, and even the paper and pen found in the room followed along consistently, all beautifully orange.

The rooms were well-appointed and thoughtfully designed. I always look at the details: hooks for towels in convenient locations, accessories to hold bathing supplies in the shower, a place for a washcloth inside the shower, outlets in usable locations, operable windows (a true plus), and other details that support a comfortable experience. These are all elements that I often see completely overlooked within the design of resident rooms in assisted living, memory care, nursing homes, and independent-living settings. If the environment can support the experience and provide ease of use, it supports everyday activities of life, and needs to be explored and included within designs for elders.

What made the spaces at the hotel truly experiential? How the staff interacted with the hotel guest. It was the genuine hospitality of the staff that made the stay at Le Petit a wonderful life experience. There is a welcoming feeling and assistance into the lobby, with special coffees and delicious lattes available at any time as part of your stay, all prepared as you discuss your plans for the day. All of the staff, no matter what shift, would share their personal recommendations, favorite restaurants, and must-see sites in Montreal.  

One staff member was excited that we were going to the large outdoor marketplace called Jean Talon Market. As she stated, “to just smell the delicious fruits” that tempt the palette and enjoy meals are part of the experience of living. The artistry of the market is a concept that we could utilize for a setting dedicated to the lives of seniors, regardless of their capabilities. Fostering spaces that interact with the community at large and engage with others on a daily or regular basis are part of “normal” life, and need to be included within overall senior-living designs and the community context. 

Another recommendation was to visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal. Outside of the museum was an interesting, interactive artwork installation. At first, it seemed to be something that should be viewed without interaction, but to my delight, it continually changed as observers sat within, walked, or stood nearby watching. Some actively followed the colorful curves. The sculpture was beyond a labyrinth as the people made it a living, moving, and changing display of enjoyment. If we used this as a basis for designing inside and outside spaces, artwork can have true meaning that creates dialogue and conversation, interaction of different ages, and exploration that supports movement and balance.


No matter if we are sharing a meal with dear friends, taking a bite of a perfectly ripened peach, listening to a concert that includes a favorite aria by Bach, meandering on a path outside, or sharing conversation over a coffee, these daily pleasures can continue regardless of an individual’s stage of life. Recently, I visited Inspirations, a rural community for assisted-living residents. They were unpacking a new ATV that they are planning on using for residents with mobility issues to make sure that they can easily visit and participate in the farm area that includes llamas, goats, and chickens. This is person-centered care. Designers have the creative insight to support residents to achieve access and delight in everyday life.


The article can be found here on Interiors & Sources website.

AuthorLauren Erickson