The Power of Light and Space in Dementia-friendly Environments

Designing space and lighting solutions for memory care facilities In creating a dementia-friendly environment, the right lighting and space design can have an incredibly positive effect on resident quality of life. In fact, both artificial and natural light, as well as space design, can have an impact on emotional and psychological well-being. How we integrate

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Senior Living Construction with Community Living Solutions

How we bring the pieces of the puzzle together At Community Living Solutions, designing and building senior living communities isn’t all we do. We think beyond brick and mortar to ensure our clients are making the best decisions for their future. How do we do that? With a comprehensive planning process, a commitment to active

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How Can Senior Living Hospitality Differentiate Your Community?

Senior living communities everywhere are feeling the impact of our changing market, and these changes go beyond the influx of baby boomers needing care. Competition is higher than ever. Seniors and their families are thoroughly researching potential living and care solutions. With these changes and more in play, new senior living trends to help communities

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Align Your Nursing Home Layout Design for Today’s Senior Needs

Nursing home design trends to use (and leave behind) Working on an updated assisted living or nursing home layout design? Customer demand and increased competition are driving design innovation across the LTC industry. If you’re looking for help choosing the right design elements for your community, read on as we share nursing home design trends to

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How to Launch a Successful Senior Living Construction Project

Tips for building a senior living facility Facility construction, remodeling or additions are perhaps among the largest projects senior living community leadership will undertake during their tenure. It is most certainly an exciting time, but launching a successful senior living construction project takes months of planning, even before a contract is awarded. It also takes

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Senior Living Construction Project Officially Kicks Off in Iowa

Keystone Nursing Care Center to expand Community Living Solutions officially broke ground May 15, 2018, on a 12,350-square-foot expansion at Keystone Nursing Care Center in Keystone, Iowa. The 45-bed nursing home is adding 10 beds dedicated to providing short-term rehabilitation care. The one-story addition also will include four private rooms for long-term skilled nursing care,

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CLS Breaks Ground on Senior Living Construction Project

Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center set for expansion Community Living Solutions and the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center in Owen, Wis., kicked off their senior living construction project May 11, 2018, with an official groundbreaking. The facility, which provides rehabilitative, skilled nursing and CBRF care, is expanding on the site of its current

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Volunteer Ideas for Seniors

  For older adults, the health benefits of volunteering are many As a leader in senior living, you want your residents to have expansive, fulfilling lives. And perhaps you’ve been researching volunteer ideas for seniors to help them feel that connectivity to the greater good. If so, you’re on the right track. Numerous studies have

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5 Tips for Dementia Garden Design

Use outdoor spaces to create positive senior community living experiences Gardens and other thriving outdoor spaces provide significant benefits to residents in senior living communities. For residents who have a passion for gardening, giving them opportunities to tend flowers and vegetables not only keeps them physically active, it also stimulates the brain. This is especially

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Interior Design for Dementia Care Homes

How to use color and design elements to improve quality of life We all know that as our bodies age, the way we see things changes—quite literally. Cataracts and other issues cloud and distort vision so that colors and designs are not as sharp and vivid to an older eye. But, did you know that

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Top Senior Living Design Trends to Watch This Year

Tips to bring up-and-coming styles and trends into your facility Organizations that stay up-to-date on current senior living design trends can transform their facility from good to great. Focusing on the needs of your staff and residents can help set your senior living facility apart from others and create a great place to work and

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Best Practices for Marketing Senior Living Communities Online

Meeting Seniors “Where They Are” In today’s digital world, more and more people are using the information available online to research companies, engage with brands and aid in their decision-making process. Although information gathering is instant in this digital space, the decision-making journey may take weeks, months or even years. This is especially true with

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Board of Directors Management and Communication

How to keep open communication during senior living construction projects Open communication among board members is key for many organizations, yet senior living facility leaders often face challenges with achieving this goal. Most board of directors are made up of a diverse team of members that brings expertise in various aspects of the organization’s business,

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Build Community with 5 Customer Experience Best Practices

Customer Experience Design for Senior Living Communities Ready or not … 2020 is right around the corner and it is brewing a perfect storm for senior living community customer experience. Not only is 2020 the year AARP® estimates an unprecedented 117 million Americans will need health assistance of some kind, it’s also the year Walker

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Optimize Senior Care with 9 LED Lighting Design Tips

LED lighting design features health, safety and cost benefits for senior living design Are you curious about senior living architecture elements that can potentially reduce costs, improve resident well-being and increase community appeal? If so, LED lighting may be a great fit in your senior living community’s lighting design. Lighting design’s multi-faceted impact on senior

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Focus on Wellness in Senior Living Communities

Senior wellness programs improve quality of life Wellness, as described by the National Wellness Institute, is an active process through which people make health and lifestyle choices toward a better life. A focus on wellness and self-care can help improve your quality of life and reduce your dependency on others. That’s why senior wellness programs,

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How Intergenerational Programs Benefit All Ages

Bridging the gap through connectedness As an increasing number of Americans age, the gap between young and old becomes larger and larger. And with it, comes gaps in knowledge of each other’s generation. Intergenerational programs offer great ways to help bridge these gaps, encouraging people of all ages to connect with one another, build meaningful

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Person-Centered Care for Dementia

    What we can learn from Hogeweyk and other unique care villages Hogeweyk, a village in the Netherlands made up of seniors living with dementia and their caretakers, was developed in 2009 after a nearly 20-year stint as a traditional nursing home. The concept captures attention in our industry for its innovative approach to

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Senior Living Construction Creativity & Expertise

Working with seniors and persons in assisted living requires not only compassion and heart, but laser focus on making residents’ lives as vibrant as possible. As experts in the design and construction of senior living and assisted living facilities, we at Community Living Solutions, LLC (CLS) strive to create senior living communities that are highly

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Future-Proof Senior Living Design with Multi-Purpose Spaces

Why building community is an ever-lasting assisted living design trend It’s no secret that baby boomers are completely redefining active aging. This generation’s impact on the industry isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. Last year the population of U.S. residents over the age of 65 reached 50 million for the first time, and is

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St. Joseph Residence Senior Living Construction Project

Renovations now underway in New London Community Living Solutions broke ground recently on facility updates to St. Joseph Residence, a senior living community that has served the New London area for 50 years. The senior living construction project involves renovating St. Joseph’s skilled nursing facility and adding a new short-term rehabilitation area. Project details The

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Senior Care Technology: The Future is Now

  Technology for Senior Living Communities From robots to wearables, senior care technology is evolving before our eyes. While senior living communities struggle with recruiting a quality workforce, these technologies have some promising applications. The use of this technology and the data it gathers could reduce stress on a workforce already spread thin while providing

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Establishing Remembrances of Deceased Loved Ones at Senior Living Communities

Helping families honor someone after death By Troy Ann Kasuboski, Director of Business Development My family and I recently said good-bye to my father, a proud family man and U.S. veteran who lived his final days in an assisted living community due to Alzheimer’s disease. As we planned the funeral, we took great care in

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Boost Marketability with These 5 Senior Living Design Trends

Trends to attract seniors and staff As competition for residents and staff heats up among senior living communities, leaders of these communities are looking for ways to be more attractive within their market. Many have found that updating and refreshing their living spaces have prospective residents walking through their doors. Today’s seniors, often prompted by

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Marketing to Seniors: How to Open Your Doors Before They Arrive

The secret is meeting seniors “where they are” Whether a senior is alone in contemplating a move to a senior living facility, or whether the entire family is involved in the conversation, the decision to make the move doesn’t happen overnight. In fact, it can take several months or even years for a senior to

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Promote Healthy Living with Unique Senior Living Activities

National Nursing Home Week® recognizes diversity and individual talents Every community offers a wide array of senior living activities for their residents. And, for good reason. They know the extreme importance physical and mental activity, as well as socialization, have on residents’ health. As people age, support from family and friends decreases, which oftentimes increases

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Senior Living Design to Grow Market Appeal

  How to implement senior living industry trends into design At Community Living Solutions, we’ve been incorporating the latest senior living design trends into our clients’ projects to help boost their facilities’ appeal to prospective residents and their families. In addition to using national trend research, we conduct a thorough market analysis as part of

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How to Improve Caregiver Recruitment

Tips to find and retain quality healthcare staff If there is one issue top of mind for senior living facility leaders, it’s finding and hiring qualified staff. The tight healthcare labor market, felt especially hard in rural areas, leaves senior living facilities struggling to find caregivers for their residents. Unfortunately, caregiver recruitment is not an

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Baby Boomers Driving Senior Living Trends

See what baby boomers desire in retirement living If you take a close look, trends influenced by the baby-boom generation are all around us. Whether due to their generational likes and dislikes or due to the sheer number of boomers, they’ve had a significant influence on all of our lives. And now, as they enter

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Memory Care Facility Design

New ways for caring for someone with dementia There has been a boom in the construction of senior memory care facilities in recent years, and one of the primary drivers is the increase in people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. As the United States population ages, the number of people suffering

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Acceptance by choice or circumstance

Helping our seniors transition into senior living communities By Troy Ann Kasuboski, Director of Business Development Acceptance. It’s what happens when we consent to a change in our lives, a new reality. What does acceptance mean today in the world of senior living?  For the millions of people who live in senior living communities across

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How to Reduce Social Isolation for Seniors

Easing loneliness in older adults is only part of the equation Many studies over the years have shown a link between social isolation and loneliness and an increase in mortality rates. This is particularly true when it comes to loneliness in the elderly, with AARP claiming a 26 percent increased risk of death due to

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Implementing Your Senior Living Facility Project

How to take the final steps toward opening a new facility In recent blog posts, we’ve been discussing the steps to completing a senior living facility building project. A successful project starts with a comprehensive building master plan. Once that plan is in place, it’s time to focus on market drivers to create your design.

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Designing and Funding Your Senior Living Facility

After your building master plan, focus on market drivers. In our recent blog post, Taking Your Senior Living Facility from Concept to Completion, we discussed the facility planning steps to take when launching a new building project. After evaluating your market, site, and program offerings, it’s time to develop design concepts and elements that will

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Taking Your Senior Living Facility from Concept to Completion

Evaluating your market, site and program offerings If you are considering building a new senior living facility, launching an extensive master planning process will help ensure your project gets off the ground smoothly, stays on budget and reaches completion on time. Community Living Solutions prides itself on being as much of a master planning firm

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St. Paul Elder Services Building Project

Comprehensive senior living facility project Community Living Solutions was proud to help St. Paul Elder Services celebrate after completing several projects on the St. Paul campus in Kaukauna, Wis. St. Paul, which offers rehabilitation services, as well as assisted living and long-term skilled nursing care, worked with CLS to complete several facility updates and a

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Mentors or Mirrors?

By Troy Ann Kasuboski, Director of Business Development Who doesn’t admire someone with praises for the people that have made a difference in their life?  For many years, I admired those who had a mentor and claimed to have no such person in my life.  Those with fond mentor memories are often people very passionate

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