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Furnishings and design Room with a view TV lounges have become focal points in long-term care facilities. Furniture, color schemes and amenities all are important to give them a homelike feel By John Andrews The most popular room in a typi- cal house is most likely where the television set is located. Whether it’s a den, family room or finished basement, the TV lounge is where family members usually congre- gate to relax, be comfortable and socialize. It should be no different in long- term care facilities—in fact, profes- sional designers say a home-like TV room atmosphere is essential to resident satisfaction. Though the type of facility—skilled nurs- ing, assisted living or independent living – figures into the degree of modern aesthetics, designers agree that all residents in the long-term care environment deserve an invit- ing, contemporary TV lounge and relaxation center. “Be aware that it matters,” says Paul Young, director of health- Photo: Thoma-Holec Design care markets for Cartersville, GA-based Shaw Contract Group. “Uninteresting spaces make for uninterested potential residents. For instance, the best hotels have the best amenities. A great room homelike atmosphere. This attractive and stylized movie theatre is just one example of the invest- should have a great high-defini- “The facilities we have worked ment long-term care facilities are making in their entertainment areas. tion TV. After the front entrance with in the past few years have lobby, the entertainment lounge come a long way in accommodat- areas are the most public areas in ing the needs of residents in the The wood trim bed frame, for tial look by supplying not only the the community. Place a premium most-used commons areas,” she example, provides the warmth of properties needed to hold up in on these areas of the community. says. “TV rooms and entertain- wood while still allowing long-term these homes, but also the look, Make them sing, let them become ment lounges are now becoming care facilities to meet healthcare feel and variety of more residen- places of celebration and enjoy- a focal point in the home and are requirements, Prokop says. tial-like fabrics.” ment, where the grandkids look being designed to provide their “Facilities are continuing to forward to visiting.” residents the comforting home- strive for a homelike atmosphere The whole picture like feel that they and their fami- and are doing this well by incor- Modern TV rooms and entertain- Point of focus lies are looking for.” porating current paint colors ment lounges shouldn’t be limited Terri Prokop, interior design The Stevens Point, WI-based throughout and updating the to new construction; renovations manager for Joerns Healthcare company is focusing on “homey” flooring and lighting choices,” can easily be applied to exist- OneSource, is impressed by the furniture designs, such as an she says. “We are also finding ing facilities, says Kathy Taylor, progress facilities have made in optional residential wood trim that new Crypton Woven fabrics national director of healthcare recent years with creating a more kit for its UltraCare XT bed line. complement this newer residen- development for Dalton, GA- 44 www.mcknights.com • July 2009 LTC Feature.indd 44 6/25/09 12:55:59 PM [ ] based Tandus. Moreover, creat- drink holders and a popcorn ing a new space involves a holistic machine is another strong mar- vision and not just piecemeal addi- Design requires more “than keting feature that appeals to tions, she adds. just ‘plopping’ a widescreen TV residents and families,” she says. “Renovations need to take more “There should be a mix of larger things into consideration than just into the space and calling it an upholstered pieces, such as sofas ‘plopping’ a widescreen TV into entertainment lounge.” or loveseats, with upholstered the space and calling it an enter- Kathy Taylor, Tandus lounge chairs or recliners and tainment lounge,” she says. “All
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