Jane Rohde

principal/ founder

  Jane Rohde,  AIA, FIIDA, ASID, CHID, ACHA, LEED® AP BD+C and GGA-EB principal/ founder

principal/ founder

Jane Rohde champions a widespread global cultural shift toward de-institutionalized senior living facilities through her consulting, research and advocacy, which provides services to non-profit and for-profit developers, government agencies, and senior living and care providers. She also provides education to providers, regulators, and peers on senior living trends, programming and design that support and improve the lives of our elders. Fostering a New Attitude toward Health Care Jane Rohde’s experience includes facilitated workshops for strategic planning of repositioned and new senior living settings, research including post-occupancy evaluations of communities, and programming for the development of a rich, fulfilling solution that support resident desired outcomes and person-centered care models. Jane provides a process that assists owners evaluating their status quo, in order to develop and ignite a culture-change programming process that is then supported by renovated and new resident-centered environments for older adults. Creative, de-institutionalized long term care is the goal, using models such as small houses and households that support residentially scaled living and focus on wellness for elders. Jane’s accomplishments include championing a new generation of resident-centered elder care communities throughout the world, including the first such model for elders in Hangzhou, China and the first Eden AlternativeTM (de- institutionalized, non-hierarchical, resident-driven) nursing home in Tennessee. Elevating the Profession through Education and Research With over 25 years of experience, Jane’s work, supported by evidence-based design approaches, informs her global outreach through education and presentations geared to not only students, but also for her peers, regulators, and care providers. These programs cover topics of senior living programming and design, healthcare research, and sustainability planning expertise, focusing on regulations and code improvements for the long term care and healthcare marketplaces. Jane draws from her research and evaluations conducted with the Coalition of Health Environments Research (CHER), the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Center, Stephen F. Austin University, and Yonsei University in Seoul Korea, is on the Facility Guidelines Institute faculty, and provides continuing education at national venues such as the Healthcare Design Conference, Environments for Aging Conference, Leading Age Conference, AIA National Convention, GreenBuild, and NeoCon. Removing Barriers to Provide Person-Centered Care As the chair and primary editor of the new Guidelines for Residential Care Facilities and participation on the National Life Safety Task Force, Jane has provided regulators, health care professionals, and care providers with guidance on design and construction for resident-centered facilities. This entirely new volume of residential care guidelines will be used by care providers, designers, and authorities having jurisdiction and is the first to provide information for re-inventing senior living communities as well as adapting existing traditional settings. Jane’s research with the University of Minnesota and the Center of Health Design’s Environmental Standards Council provided an evidence-based approach to the main body text, and engaged more than 30 experts. Further, Jane is part of the National Life Safety Task Force created by the Pioneer Network and the Rothschild Foundation to change the NFPA Life Safety Code to reflect the needs of resident-centered care environments. Raising the Bar for Sustainability in Senior Living and Healthcare Jane created the definitive international Senior Living Sustainability Guide®, which addresses the “whole project”, including the 4 dimensions; Resident, Organization, Operation, and Physical Setting. To result in a successful environment, it is critical that a wellness setting supports the resident desired outcomes, the goals and mission of the organization, and the functional operations required to support those outcomes and goals. Jane has also provided content for the Green Globes® Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings for Health Care (CIEB-HC) with data she collected from the assessment of over 30 Veteran’s Administration Hospitals, including Community Living Centers for long term residents. She mentors new Green Globes® assessors and sits on the national technical committee for the Green Building InitiativeTM. As sustainability is being addressed in code, Jane has committed to addressing senior living’s special needs and sits on the ASHRAE/ ASHE Standard 189.3 Design, Construction, and Operations of Sustainable High Performance Health Care Facilities, as chair of the Materials and Resources section. Providing a voice for sustainability in relation to senior living that meets the segment’s special needs is essential in continuing to provide healing environments that not only support residents, but also provide sustainable building solutions. She provides tools that are usable on a daily basis for benchmarking by care providers, create opportunities for continual improvement, and support person-centered care models and positive culture change. Background JSR Associates, Inc. was formed in 1996, in response to the gap between outcomes and operations and design of the physical setting. Jane Rohde, the Principal of JSR Associates, Inc. was the former Vice President of Design at Erickson Retirement Communities from 1988 -1996. From Jane’s experience she realized that the development and design team did not interact with the resident population and operational staff to provide better environments for the elders living within the communities. Once this was recognized, Jane reached out and participated with both residents and operational staff to understand their needs, desires, and complete post-occupancy reviews to understand what would work and what did not work for both residents and staff within a continuing care retirement community setting. In addition, she realized that it was necessarily to implement a continual improvement process that informed standards and programming for future campuses under development. In addition, this experienced reinforced the necessity of integration of the interior building and the exterior of the building. For example, exquisitely design gardens, if not located within the sight lines of staff for higher levels of care within a secure environment, were not successful, because they weren’t placed for optimum usage by the residents. This is a small example that applies to every type of function and operation that occurs within a community; including both resident-driven activities as well as staff tasks. Further, understanding interior detailing of the environment that support healthy ambulation, social interaction opportunities, and reduction of the risks of falls (as examples) provides the ultimate independence for residents as they age. The interior environment addresses these three examples with appropriate handrail placement, cafes that connect with the exterior at community intersections, and non-institutional grab-bar configurations. Jane is approaching her 15th wedding anniversary with her husband, Patrick. Their wedding was a masquerade ball, there 5th anniversary was a pirate costume party on a boat, and the 10th year supported villains and super heroes! Jane and her husband are avid sailors and both crewed and placed 2nd in Cape Cod’s Corsair Trimaran Nationals Regatta in August, 2008. They participated in the Corsair Trimaran Nationals in Pensacola, Florida in April of 2011 and raced in the Nationals in April of 2015. Jane and Patrick share time riding their Harleys and live in a historic community