Better Senior Living Spaces: Creating a True Sense of Home
Learn how to create spaces that support residents' independence, dignity, health, and ability to enjoy life.
What do you picture when you imagine the setting where you'll live out your final years?
Regardless of health status, an authentic sense of home is a core psychological need among the aging. In fact, from a psychological standpoint, residents who live in senior communities without a sense of home are considered homeless. Qualities like belonging and comfort—and spaces that encourage participation in life-affirming activities—are critically important to successful senior living spaces. In this course, learn how to create spaces that support residents' independence, dignity, health, and ability to enjoy life.
- Explore how human spatial experiences in the built environment are related not to a single space, but to systems of settings and activities
- Through an understanding of how leisure activities impact people's sense of home, investigate how to create a hierarchy of spaces and a scale of social context to accommodate such activities
- Translate strategies for creating a sense of home beyond skilled nursing facilities, applying them to all different types of senior housing
- Review specific examples of the physical, social, psychological, and emotional aspects of human environments as they relate to experiencing a sense of home