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Top 10 Safety and Security Considerations When Designing a Senior Living Community

May 7, 2018 by Chad Ulman AIA NCARB LEED AP BD+C in McKnight’s Senior Living

 The following excerpt is taken from Chad Ulman article, "Top 10 safety and security considerations when designing a senior living community”, that originally appeared on the McKnight's Senior Living website in May 2018. Excerpt posted with permission.

Giving attention to the safety and security of your senior living community will have a powerful, positive effect on resident satisfaction. Although building codes are helpful, it is beneficial to go above and beyond established standards.

Here's a top 10 list of items of which to be mindful when designing a
property for older adults:

1. Windows. Be cognizant of window design, operation and location.
Install limiters to control how far a window can open, if operable
windows are selected. Be aware of all windows on the property, not
just those in resident areas.

2. The exterior. As you know, controlling access in and out of the
building is immensely important. Sensor lighting surrounding the
property also is important, however, because it deters unwanted
visitors and illuminates shared entry points.

3. Planning for disasters. Unfortunately, every part of our country is
susceptible to disaster. Depending on your region, be sure your design considers fallout areas for tornado and/or hurricane safety, window protection or wall reinforcement, power or generator back-up, and more. Work with local emergency preparedness directors to ensure that you've considered all scenarios.

Read the entire article here, "Top 10 Safety and Security Considerations When Designing a Senior Living Community".

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