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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
          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-

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      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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