Category Archives: Skilled Nursing

State Funds Available for Nursing Home Construction Projects in Minnesota

If you’re considering replacing or renovating an existing nursing home in Minnesota, you may be eligible to receive funds from the state. Through what is known as the moratorium exception, the state’s Department of Health announced the appropriation of additional nursing home construction funds that total about $58 million for a variety of building and renovation projects.

With expertise in planning, designing and constructing senior living facilities, we at Community Living Solutions can help guide you through this opportunity and partner with you to develop a sustainable plan for your facility’s future.

What is Minnesota’s moratorium exception?

Applicants with projects that exceed $1.8 million and desire a rate increase for defined portions of the construction project must go through the moratorium exception process.

But time is running out!

You must submit a letter of intent to the Minnesota Department of Health by April 23, 2021. Applications are due June 25, 2021.

The state’s Commissioner of Health, in coordination with the Commissioner of Human Services, will decide on the validity of these requests, according to Minnesota statutes.

We are here to help

With interest rates at a historical low, combined with this opportunity, we believe this could be a prime time for upgrades or new building projects. Community Living Solutions would like to partner with you to help you understand this limited-time opportunity and what the application process entails.

Specifically, our team will work alongside you to:

  • Develop a master plan for your facility’s needs and challenges, as well as sustainable solutions for your market
  • Develop schematic drawings
  • Establish construction and non-construction budgets (such as furnishings and moveable equipment)
  • Complete the moratorium exception application for nursing home funds
  • Assist in your communications with and presentations to the Minnesota Department of Health

If you’re interested in learning more about how Community Living Solutions can guide you in nursing home construction or renovation, email John Huhn or call 612-963-0889.

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. CLS’s senior living design included creating a new main entryway featuring a drive-under canopy to make patient drop-off and pick-up easier, especially during inclement weather.

The new addition also includes:

  • A physical therapy gym
  • 16 private short-term rehabilitation rooms with private baths
  • 16 private long-term care rooms with private baths

“Our goal in designing the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center was to remind residents of home so that they can lead more active, healthy lives,” said Aaron Klug, CLS architectural production manager. “The senior living design features household living rooms, private dining options, a country kitchen and more. We anticipate the facility will be in demand as area residents consider their options for short- and long-term care.”

The Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center has served the county since 1922. In addition to short-term rehabilitation, assisted living and long-term care, it specializes in memory care, geriatric psychiatric care and care for the intellectually disabled.

Senior living construction is our specialty

If you are looking to expand your senior living facility, give us a call. We have expertise in incorporating new designs into existing spaces. Contact us at 920-969-9344 to schedule a complimentary consultation. We’d love to talk!

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 heightened when seniors move into long-term care, even though they are surrounded by people. Leaving the familiarity of their home and neighborhood, coupled with declines in physical and cognitive health, can make them feel more disconnected than ever. That’s why designing senior living facilities to nurture social interaction is so important.

Socialization for better health

Being lonely can have a profound effect on health, especially in the elderly. Loneliness not only can lead to depression and stress, but it’s also been shown to cause memory loss, reduced mobility and even death. Some compare its effects to unhealthy habits, like smoking or lack of physical activity. Plus, the World Health Organization has designated it a major health issue.

But by simply engaging in meaningful conversations, seniors can feel more joy and optimism in their lives. Social interactions may set the tone for a desire to do more, like engaging in physical activity, eating better foods and participating in activities. That’s how social connections keep seniors healthy. And even though seniors may experience loss of social connections as they age, they find more satisfaction in the relationships they do have.

How senior living facility design can help

Enhancing socialization among your residents involves more than ensuring you’ve scheduled a variety of programming that appeals to residents. While programming is significant, the configuration and design of your building impacts how welcoming your facility feels and how easily residents can interact.

For example, bigger isn’t always better. Seniors are likely leaving a home or apartment that is much smaller than most care facilities, the size of which can feel overwhelming. So, a large space, like a lobby or multipurpose space, may not succeed as an ideal place to socialize depending upon its layout, lighting and furniture selection.

When designing senior living facilities, it’s important to think about available spaces like neighborhoods:

  • Consider remodeling a large facility into a series of smaller spaces that include six to eight rooms or apartments to foster a greater sense of community.
  • Make common areas easy to get to and navigate. Residents will socialize more if their destination is just a short walk away.
  • Reduce or eliminate long hallways. Shorter hallways may contribute to residents meeting by chance and engaging in conversation.
  • Reduce the overwhelming feeling of an open space by defining areas within it. This can be done with design details like columns or décor like flooring and furniture placement.
  • Have an open line of sight to the outdoors. Natural light does wonders for residents’ mood.
  • Consider adding memory boxes outside each room if you don’t have them already. While they are generally considered helpful for triggering memories for those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, they also can serve as a conversation starter.

As you can see from these tips, the more your space reflects a sense of community, the more comfortable and secure your residents will feel. And, ultimately, they will be healthier and happier (and so will their families!).

Is it time for a facility remodel or addition?

In just 15 short years, it’s estimated that 20 percent of Americans will be over the age of 65. As those seniors enter their 70s and 80s, it’s more likely they and their children will be searching for long-term care options. Improve your marketability with an up-to-date facility design that is flexible to meet changing needs in coming decades. We can help! Designing senior living facilities is all we do. Call us at (920) 969-9344 or visit our Contact page to schedule a free consultation.

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 consider and the ones to pass by.

Warm, welcoming and fresh spaces

Ambiance and aesthetics are becoming more important than ever. Today’s seniors are savvy consumers and decision makers. They seek out communities that fit their lifestyle and personal identity.

Think of your community in the same realm as a resort or hotel. Hospitality industry-inspired design in lobbies, common spaces and dining areas is here to stay as seniors look for spaces they can see themselves living in. They also want their family and guests to feel welcome and comfortable. Speaking of resorts, Senior Housing News reports that restaurant-style dining has become a need-to-have amenity. Think outside the “bistro-box.” Multiple dining options within a single community are becoming more and more common, and it doesn’t have to drain the budget. Well-planned restaurants and take-out dining can generate revenue, community involvement and even potential resident leads!

Thoughtful senior living design layout offers flexibility

Layout flexibility that meets facility and resident needs may be the “next big thing” in LTC community design. A thoughtful, flexible layout can help your residents age in place—a strategy that benefits resident health and the bottom line. Three of our projects feature designs to provide flexibility now or in the future:

Each of these was built to accommodate various levels of care, as well as various payment sources.

Aside from providing additional levels of care, thoughtful nursing home design can drive real living spaces that support people and the lives they want to create. Create spaces the build community and feel like home. You might ask, how do we know if we’ve designed a community that supports our ideal residents’ lifestyles? Get to know your audience via market research and customer data.

Research to identify the lifestyle needs and desires of your current and future residents isn’t always covered in a standard market needs assessment, but these customer level insights are critical for successful community design. Considering needs of different types of residents and their family members will help prioritize potential design options. For example, dining options may seem like the most important design upgrade for your community, but your residents might be more concerned about how your community helps facilitate their active lifestyle. Customer data can guide those investment decisions.

Generally, demand is up for private rooms, and college roommate style private bed and bathrooms with shared living spaces can provide desired privacy while maintaining affordability. Consider The Livability Index’s finding that seniors are living active lives but varying social gatherings between private homes and public spaces. This supports the need for cozy common spaces and not just large multi-use spaces. Consider designing some spaces where:

  • Family members could gather for a birthday party
  • Residents can host a game night with friends
  • Small bible studies can meet
  • Intimate groups can gather for coffee

Creating real living spaces also means that one-size-fits-all fitness centers are out, and usable wellness spaces focused on group classes or one-on-one personal training or therapy are more desirable. Fitness centers are one area where you can skip the general hospitality industry approach. Few people love using that boring hotel fitness center, and your residents likely feel the same. Seniors are looking to stay as active as possible, and purposeful spaces can help make that happen.

Put these nursing home layout design trends to work in your community

Considering a design shift or new build for your senior living community? At Community Living Solutions, we have vast knowledge in all areas of senior living facility planning, designing and building. In fact, it’s all we do.  If you are preparing for a remodel, addition or new senior living facility, connect with our team or call (920) 969-9344 for your free consultation.

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 campus.

A homelike senior living design

The new 23,570-square-foot, single-story addition will directly connect to the existing main entrance. This will require a new main entryway to be developed, which will feature a drive-under canopy to make drop-offs and pick-ups easier, especially during inclement weather.

The building promises to attract new patients and residents with:

  • A brand new physical therapy gym
  • 16 private rooms with private bathrooms for short-term rehabilitation care
  • 16 private rooms and bathrooms for long-term care

The new building is designed with a household approach, providing residents with the best care in a setting that will remind them of home. The design features:

  • Household living rooms
  • Activity dens
  • Intimate dining room settings
  • Private dining options
  • A country kitchen

“Our goal in designing the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center expansion is to provide current and future residents with a comfortable space in which to lead active, healthy lives,” said Aaron Klug, CLS architectural production manager. “This senior living design will help make the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center more marketable, attracting rehabilitation patients and residents in need of care for many years to come.”

In addition to offering, short-term rehabilitation, assisted living and long-term care, the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center also specializes in memory care, geriatric psychiatric care and care for the intellectually disabled. It has served Clark County since 1922.

Consider CLS for your next project

If you are considering expanding your current site or building a new assisted living or long-term facility, please contact Community Living Solutions. Our senior living construction experts take the time to listen to your needs. For a complimentary introductory meeting, call us at 920-969-9344.