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August 3, 2023

How Technology Can Help with Workforce Shortages and More in Senior Living

We recently shared some New Ideas to Address the Workforce Shortage in Senior Living, including policy changes, employee recruiting and retention tips, on-campus housing and technology. While automation has been around for decades, the introduction of the Generative Pre-trained Transformer like ChatGPT and similar artificial intelligence (AI) tools promise to transform not only senior living…

November 6, 2019

Dementia-friendly Lighting

Improving the well-being of those living with memory loss We know what happens when we lose a significant amount of sleep—that mid-afternoon lag we may normally experience extends throughout the day. We feel drowsy and likely a bit irritable. The blame is a disruption to what is called our circadian rhythm. And, this circadian rhythm…

February 21, 2019

Clark County Senior Living Construction Project

Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center opens Community Living Solutions and the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center in Owen, Wis., celebrated the opening of the senior living facility’s short-term rehabilitation suites on Feb. 15. CLS broke ground on the 23,570-square-foot, single-story addition in May 2018. The new addition connects to the existing 1920s-era building….

January 29, 2019

Designing Senior Living Facilities to Nurture Socialization

How social connections keep seniors healthy Social connections are important at any stage in life—we all need human interactions to be our best selves. But as we age, the number of interactions and connections we have declines, whether by choice, poor health, or the death of friends and loved ones. Feelings of loneliness can be…

September 12, 2018

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…

March 13, 2018

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…

February 14, 2018

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…

September 13, 2017

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 caring for…

March 15, 2017

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…