Schemmer’s Shane Larsen, AIA, quoted in Midlands Business Journal

Midlands Business Journal | November 25, 2016

Design of senior facilities takes special consideration for comfort of residents

Shane Larsen, AIA, NCARB

Shane Larsen, AIA, was quoted in the Midlands Business Journal on designing senior facilities.

“When designing a community that will offer different levels of care, the goal is for each of the residents to feel at home.

That doesn’t mean every project has the same design solution. It means we need to respond in a way that enables the staff to provide the care which is needed, but give the residents an environment that makes them feel at home,” said Larsen.

Physical therapy has also adapted to provide an experience beyond the traditional one.

“Some communities are providing putting greens, grocery stores and even hooking up a hose,” said Larsen. "Practicing the real therapy is very interesting to me, and the community that provides these services have indicated it has been a good marketing tool as well.”

He said as senior living design continues to evolve, there is going to be more vertical buildings.

“This is in response to minimize travel distances from resident rooms to dining rooms or other amenities,” Larsen said.

To read the full Midlands Business Journal article, view pages 38-39.