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Why Interior Design in Memory Care Matters

Intentional design choices can help residents with memory impairment thrive.
Intentional design choices can help residents with memory impairment thrive.

Interior design and architecture are incredibly important in senior living communities, and for this reason, Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit teamed up with Thoma-Holec, a national, award-winning senior design firm to make the interior design decisions for Cross Creek.

Thoma-Holec and the Cross Creek team set out to create a comforting, dignified and home-like environment for residents, but the intentional design goes farther, in that it is uniquely suited for residents with memory impairments.

The design board above shows two different color schemes for Cross Creek’s four dining rooms. Two of the rooms use warm tones with hints of pink and red, and the other two use cool tones with grays and blues. Using distinct color schemes for different areas of a building is a way to promote wayfinding, or the ability to orient oneself within a space and have environmental awareness. Another useful way to help direct residents toward their suite is through decorating with familiar scenes or items; see our post about Cross Creek’s digital memory boxes here.

Alcoves with seating and Life Skills stations (interactive displays that allow residents to connect to their sensory functions while also prompting reminiscing and story sharing) help widen hallways and create an engaging and stimulating environment. Interactive artwork will dot the walls, and a history wall will highlight Lee’s Summit and Missouri’s past, creating decorations that go beyond aesthetics.

Stay tuned for more posts about how Cross Creek at Lee’s Summit aims to create a resident-centered and home-like environment.

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