by Sarah Mack

by Sarah Mack

FGI Video Series: 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.

"Residential Care Guidelines: A Provider, Designer, and Regulator Perspective," episode 1 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.
A caregiver at the senior living community describes how residents bring their own furnishings and personal items from their previous home to decorate their rooms to create a home environment.
In a household model, the kitchen remains the heart of the home and residents can get snacks or food anytime.
A senior living community provider describes housing accommodating extended family or unique family needs.
Designing for sustainability was expanded with the introduction of the standard, ASHRAE 189.3, Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable High Performance Health Care Facilities, which was developed for specific facility types in the health care continuum.
A regulator, community provider, and designer discuss state adoption and use of the Residential Guidelines for different facility types.
A resident describes her career, expectations of the community, and her preferred activities, including volunteering in the community.
The panel gives examples of the cost of design changes and decreasing risk in a residential health care setting.
A senior living community provider and a building designer explains how the Resident Safety Risk Assessment informs functional planning and the positive benefits and outcomes for residents.
A senior living community provider describes the direction of marketplace and social forces encouraging people to choose environments that allow people choices to live the way they want to live day to day instead of in an institutional/traditional environment.
The designer reports increased awareness of scaling projects for residential homes, so they feel and sound like a home, not an institution.
Some communities are responding to the trend to accommodate multi-generational families and include participation of the outside community.
A caregiver at a senior living community describes how residents choose the flow of their day instead of adhering to facility schedules.
Residents have showers inside their personal unit instead of having to walk down the hall first.
The increased recognition of the continuum of care has resulted in more services being available in different residential settings including independent living communities.
Adult care programs are beginning to be offered during night hours.
The Senior Living Sustainability Guide® was structured to serve as a process guide for considering the physical setting, operations, organization, and the resident in the social-cultural context.
A resident describes her daily experiences, choices, and opinions about services, food availability, family interactions, and skilled care.
How the FGI Residential Guidelines' functional planning process improves return on investment on the facility and resident satisfaction.
A review of Environment of Care components within a functional program shows how pre-planning based on the characteristics of residents has a significant and lasting impact on resident experience.
A designer describes a project where the traditional model of space layout was converted to a household type of environment.
The traditional nurses' station in the center of the household is replaced by the kitchen with sounds and smells of normal daily life giving a sense of home and comfort.
A caregiver describes a resident whose mood and outlook greatly improved after experiencing the home and family environment at the senior living community.
More and more people choose to live in their homes longer, so there is a need to design environments for longevity.

Cypress Garden Senior Living

JSR Associates Inc., provided consulting services for China's first resident-centered care community. JSR's role not only includes design and team integration services, but also applies their senior living expertise to provide operational input, complete functional and physical space programming and design guidelines for China Senior Care, staffing information (including job descriptions and full time equivalents), and staff support training materials and education.
Fun video showing Seniors enjoying the Garden/Outdoor space at Cypress Garden Senior Living in Hangzhou, China