Before starting an assisted living facility renovation or build, it is very important that you understand how these facilities work. You need to learn the flow and what makes life easier for the staff and the residents before you can begin building a retirement home. Speak with the owners, supervisors, and managers and find out some of these essential pieces of knowledge. Then, sit down and come up with the plan for the place once you know the point of what the facility will be used for.
Know the Types of Residents the Assisted Living Facility Will Cater To
There are major design differences you need to know about before starting an assisted living facility design. If the facility will only cater to those in hospice, you need different machines, room setups, and offices on hand than if you have an assisted living facility that caters to anyone of retirement age. The type of care the building will offer plays a huge role in how it gets set up originally. While an assisted living facility can make a lot of setups work, if it is set up properly before it is built, it becomes a lot more user friendly, and popular among residents.
Understand the Quantity of Residents You Need to Build For
You also should understand the type of scale you need before starting an assisted living facility design. If the facility is going to house up to a dozen people at a time, it needs to be set up differently than if it is going to house up to 100 residents at once, or even more. Plus, you will need to know if this will be a retirement home built for singletons or if there are ways to set up some of the units for couples.
Study Which Limitations The Residents Are Most Likely to Face
One of the most important parts of building a retirement home is to look at the facility as a resident. There are going to be limitations that come with any person who lives in an assisted living facility. They need help with some activities, and those needs should be incorporated into the build from the start. Plan for wider hallways. Make plans for an elevator if the facility has more than one floor. Make sure that if necessary, a hospital bed can maneuver the common areas of each floor. Put in lots of handholds and security features to help this population be less likely to slip. The more you know about the needs the residents will have, the easier time you will find when starting an assisted living facility design.
Where to Get Help for Starting an Assisted Living Facility
For those who want help with this from experienced professionals, you want to turn to the pros at MEP Painting & Wall coverings, Inc. We have been through the process of building a retirement home, and we know many of the steps that go into the process. Contact us today and let us share our advice and knowledge with you to make the process easier.