Humanistic Design of Assisted Living

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Assisted living, a relatively new industry, provides an alternative to traditional long-term care. These residences serve the increasing numbers of elders who need help with daily activities but wish to maintain independence. Although they are promoted as resident centered and noninstitutional, research based on consumer input indicates that many older adults and their family members do not find the buildings to be particularly friendly, warm, or supportive In Humanistic Design of Assisted Living, John P. Marsden has translated research-based information into innovative and practicable design strategies that directly address those unfavorable perceptions. Marsden provides an overview of assisted living's evolution then addresses the current information resources available to designers. He discusses successful humanistic design and presents a conceptual framework, based on consumer-based research, composed of six themes: familiar housing cues, protective enclosure, caring cues, human scale, usability, and naturalness. He applied this framework to specific guidelines for building exteriors, interior entries, and common shared spaces. His recommendations are supported by photographs that demonstrate effective design strategies as well as some less-successful examples.

This comprehensive and accessible book presents essential design guidelines for housing owners, operators, administrators, policy makers, gerontologists, interior designers, and architects.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Care Management Journal
Marsden's HD guidelines will be useful to both owners and designers as an authoritative reference.

— Zachary Rosenfield

Ageing and Society
Should be of widespread interest to architects and care-home managers.

— Julienne Hanson

Care Management Journal - Zachary Rosenfield

Marsden's HD guidelines will be useful to both owners and designers as an authoritative reference.

Ageing and Society - Julienne Hanson

Should be of widespread interest to architects and care-home managers.

Journal of Housing for the Elderly - Doris L. Milke

Should design professionals have John Marsden's book in their bookcase? Yes... The book provides a good overview of the industry at present and a good review of design resources for assisted living.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801880315
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

John P. Marsden is an associate professor and director of the interior architecture program at Chatham College. He contributed a chapter in Aging, Autonomy, and Architecture, available from Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Assisted living
Ch. 1 An overview of the industry 9
Ch. 2 Design resources for assisted living 18
Pt. II Humanistic design
Ch. 3 Design guided by research-based consumer input 29
Ch. 4 Research-based conceptual framework 38
Pt. III Design guideline
Ch. 5 Building exteriors 47
Ch. 6 Interior entries 63
Ch. 7 Common living rooms 73
Ch. 8 Common dining rooms 85
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    Professional Look at Assisted Living Design

    Assisted living is a relatively new branch of eldercare, designed to meet the needs of a rapidly growing segment of the elder population. Many seniors wish to maintain their independence, but may need varying amounts of help with daily living activities. Assisted living residences are multiplying across the country to meet this demand. But assisted living facilities are still evolving and refining themselves¿there is no accepted ¿standard¿ design for such living arrangements. In Humanistic Design of Assisted Living, John P. Marsden applies his architecture background to the assisted living sector, using principles gathered from consumers together with solid research on creating optimal assisted living designs. He examines the physical aspects of assisted living, from exterior design, interior layout, to common areas. Photographs help illustrate both positive and negative aspects of assisted living architecture. The book is a practical and much-needed guide for architects, planners, long-term care managers, and gerontologists.

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