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AUTUMN LEAVES OF WESTOVER HILLS


“THIS DESIGN TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE NEEDS OF THE MEMORY CARE RESIDENT WHILE CREATING A BEAUTIFUL HOMELIKE ENVIRONMENT.”


Senior Living by Design judge


Francine O’Neill, senior vice president of resident care, The Arbor Company.


to explore. There are potting benches, vegetable gardens and putting greens. Gardening containers are designed so residents don’t have to bend or stoop and residents are encouraged to harvest fresh herbs and vegetables to add to their meals. An open kitchen encourages residents to gather around the table for coffee with a friend or family member. There is also a relaxation room that helps soothe agitation and stimulate cognition. For instance, a laser hologram projector allows for virtual stargazing, soft music and sound therapy provide a soothing audio environment, and essential oils offer aromatherapy. “This design takes into account the needs


of the memory care resident while creating a beautiful homelike environment,” noted Senior Living by Design judge Francine O’Neill, senior vice president of resident care, The Arbor Company. Throughout the building, lighting was


carefully chosen and windows were strate- gically placed to help minimize depression


and sundowning, two common symptoms of dementia. The building has a figure-eight configuration allowing residents to stroll freely, and there are multiple rest areas and small seating spaces throughout. To help residents find their way in the residential area, the community is divided into neigh-


8 SENIOR LIVING EXECUTIVE / NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016


borhoods, each with its own color palette, theme and image. “This architecture reflects the special


needs of memory impaired residents,” noted Senior Living by Design judge Fred Fox, president of Cascade Properties.


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