Purchasing and Procurement for Senior Living Communities: Top 5 Questions & Answers

Posted on November 10, 2017 by Cynthia Warner

Desk and kitchen area in an senior living community. Items were all purchased and procured by Warner Design Associates.

Over the years, we’ve helped dozens of senior living communities with the interior design process of purchase and procurement. What does that mean? In a nutshell, purchase and procurement for senior living communities includes identifying the furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) needed; selecting vendors, ordering the items, and getting them delivered to your community on-time Keep Reading

How to Select Proper Flooring in a Senior Living Community Center

Posted on October 26, 2017 by Cynthia Warner

Common area with attractively designed senior living flooring and seating

Did you know that in 2016 there were around one million Americans living in some type of senior living community and that number is expected to double by 2030? This rapid growth of individuals moving into senior living centers is also causing an increase in the number of facilities throughout the United States in order Keep Reading

5 Tips to Create Safer Senior Living Environments

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Cynthia Warner

When looking into a senior living or assisted living community, one of the most common concerns is safety. The residents and their families want to make certain that the community is not only comfortable but that it’s a safe living environment. At Warner Design Associates, we help ensure that the design of the community is built Keep Reading

Utilizing Life Skills Stations in Memory Care Communities

Posted on September 28, 2017 by Cynthia Warner

a teacher's desk and bookcase as an example of a life skills station at a memory care community

Life skills stations are an important tool for many memory care communities. They are interactive environments that recreate familiar situations from the past such as an office space or a nursery. The goal is to elicit long-term memories from one’s past, and each station is purposefully designed to spark memories, create moments of happiness, and Keep Reading

Ways to Promote Mobility in Senior Living Interior Design

Posted on September 6, 2017 by Cynthia Warner

fitness center for increasing mobility amongst seniors using senior living interior design

Loss of mobility is a well-known part of the aging process and can be a common issue amongst older Americans. For many, mobility limitations can be extremely frustrating and can result in loss of physical strength and reduction in social participation. That’s why it’s important for senior living interior design professionals to develop ways to Keep Reading

Choosing the Right Furniture for Senior Living Facilities

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Cynthia Warner

community room at a memory care facility

When choosing furniture for senior living facilities, there must be careful consideration and attention to the fabric selection, design and functionality of the furniture, and whether the material is compliant with health regulations. Each of these aspects plays a significant role in the daily life of both the residents and the staff members whether it Keep Reading

The Importance of Functionality in Hospice Interior Design

Posted on August 9, 2017 by Cynthia Warner

outdoor of George Mark Children's home

The number of hospice care centers in the US has increased significantly in the past 10 years now offering more than 8,800 facilities. While many patients will prefer to take treatment from home, it’s important to provide a serene environment for others to spend during their final days with the help of hospice interior design. Keep Reading

How Interior Design Impacts the Well-Being of Your Staff

Posted on July 24, 2017 by Cynthia Warner

a caregiver walking/helping a senior at a senior living facility

Staff turnover has always been a challenge within the assisted and senior living communities. However, this problem is becoming even more significant with the rise of the baby boomer population now reaching retirement age and entering these facilities. According to a recent study, the average employee turnover rate in this industry is 42%. One of Keep Reading

3 Reasons To Hire a Professional for Your Interior Re-Design Project

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Cynthia Warner

a close up of a woman looking through interior design fabric samples and swatches

In the interior design industry, we hear a lot of stories of those who didn’t hire a professional, expecting that a stylish acquaintance would have a good eye for interior design, or who paid a “friend of a friend” who said she was as good as a professional. And we often hear that the results Keep Reading

Design Input From Your Residents: Why It’s a Great Idea

Posted on June 8, 2017 by Mark Warner

senior woman sitting outside

Residents today are not like the residents of retirement homes of the past.  Today’s Baby Boomers have revolutionized and redefined every facet of modern American society and they have no intention of slowing down, even in their golden years.  Today’s senior living communities bear little resemblance to those facilities of yesteryear.  Today’s communities are often Keep Reading

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