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You Call This a Nursing Home?

This Alzheimer's facility turns nursing home design on its head


Part of the Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Personal Stories, Research, Advice Special Report

Are you inside or outside? Are you living in the present or the past? People with Alzheimer’s often get confused by such matters. Instead of fighting it, Jean Makesh, CEO of The Lantern assisted living facilities, decided to go with it.

“What if we design an environment that looks like outside?” Makesh said in a recent Upworthy story. “What if I can have a sunrise and sunset inside the building? What if I’m able to have the moon and stars come out? What if I build a unit that takes residents back to the ’30s and ’40s?”

After exploring these ideas as well as researching aromatherapy and sound therapy, he created a unique memory-care facility in Madison, Ohio, Upworthy reports, and two new locations are set to open this year.

With sky-like ceilings and grass-like carpets, Makesh’s design thinking approach is a much-needed breath of fresh air.

By Heidi Raschke
Heidi Raschke is a longtime journalist and editor who previously was the Executive Editor of Mpls-St. Paul Magazine and Living and Learning Editor at Next Avenue. Currently, she runs her own content strategy and development consultancy.@heidiraschke
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