Building Entry Points
- Provide a secured vestibule area for effective screening of incoming residents, visitors and staff.
- Recognize privacy and dignity issues related to the screening process.
- Implement design-forward sanitation and PPE stations at each entry point and consider minimizing seating in lobbies.
- Prepare a delivery staging area for incoming products to be handled and stored.
Public Areas, Commons & Activity Areas
- Provide hands-free options for doors, MEP fixtures, receptacles and dispensers. Consider opportunities to eliminate doors in high traffic areas.
- Include universal cues for circulation within common spaces to maintain social distance and reinforce appropriate traffic patterns.
- Offer increased single seating options and the ability to create smaller gathering spaces within larger spaces. Consider the use of design-forward mobile partitions and screening.
- Activate outdoor areas for resident use. Consider outdoor living rooms with fireplaces, heat lamps, fans, awnings and/or screens to extend use into cool and warm weather seasons.
- Examine planned, pop-up and off-site storage options to house unused furniture and equipment during quarantine.
- Look at ways to make environmental quarantine changes look normal.
Higher Levels of Senior Care
- Provide private resident rooms with private bathrooms. Consider ways to incorporate a PPE staging area at the entrance of each room.
- Co-horting: Provide a designated wing or end of a hallway, preferably with separate entrance/exit and separate HVAC systems. Contemplate hands-off staging location for medical supplies, meals, etc.
- Consider the use of small-house concepts in future project planning.