The Essence of Home: Design Solutions for Assisted Living Housing

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Written for architects, designers, and anyone involved in planning and designing assisted living facilities, The Essence of Home offers a fresh look at an area of design that is becoming increasingly important as the elderly population continues to grow exponentially. Through in-depth interviews with residents, staff, administrators, and family members, as well as an exhaustive review of architectural and medical literature, auther William Brummett has identified what it takes to make a facility feel like "home." It is not enough to merely add cosmetic or decorative touches to the typical hospital or nursing home structure; rather, the facility must be designed specifically with a sense of home in mind, taking into account not only the physical capabilities and limitations of the residents, but the emotional and psychological needs as well. The Essence of Home looks at 38 significant problem-solving design considerations, and contains two in-depth case studies. Detailed illustrations and graphics provide a visual sense of the concepts discussed in the text. An annotated bibliography and comprehensive list of references provide additional sources of information.

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About the Author William Brummett is an architect who specializes in designing housing, healthcare, and educational facilities. A graduate of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and the masters program at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee School of Architecture, he has been involved in the design of a number of innovative assisted living facilities. Mr. Brummett was the 1992 recipient of a national fellowship from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Hospital Association to study assisted living nationwide. He currently works for Anderson Mason Dale Architects in Denver, CO.

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