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AIA releases a safer design guide for post-COVID senior housing – Architect’s Newspaper

Nursing homes and other forms of senior housing are the perfect settings for COVID-19 outbreaks, and the AIA has released a guide for preventative design.

Rendering of a nursing home dining area with spaced tables and outlines for where residents should sit. (Courtesy RLPS Architects)
Rendering of a nursing home dining area with spaced tables and outlines for where residents should sit. (Courtesy RLPS Architects)

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Nursing homes and other senior living facilities are the perfect settings for coronavirus to rip through; immunocompromised elderly residents typically live in tight conditions, receive sometimes substandard care, and likely have frequent contact with visitors. New York, California, and other states failed to get a handle on COVID-19 cases in those environments, with disastrous results.

With much of America attempting to reopen (and then backtracking as COVID cases have risen), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has followed up its series of guides and design resources for retail and office spaces with a similar report for senior living facilities. In Strategies for safer Senior Living Communities, the AIA has put together a packet of design strategies for each section of such facilities while acknowledging the difficulty in working in such close proximity without proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

Some of those suggestions include:

  • Enlarging open assembly areas such as dining halls and making sure residents maintain six feet of space
  • Introducing contactless doors and drinking fountains while bringing in handwashing stations
  • Restricting outside visitation but allowing more pets on the premise to make up for the increased isolation
  • Increasing one-way circulation in high-traffic areas

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