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New Care Delivery Modules

If you’ve ever felt uplifted in a cathedral, or dulled by a visit to a drab DMV, you know how environments can affect mood. Now imagine spending nearly every waking hour in a traditional nursing home. The corridors are wide for rolling gurneys and wheelchairs. Rooms are double-loaded along hallways that converge on a nursing station, which places the nursing staff as close as possible to all “patients,” but the residents far from social activity. Surfaces are shiny and easy to clean, but terrible for acoustics. It’s a very efficient place for the business of nursing care, but not a pleasant place to call home.

By contrast, Irwin Partners Architects advocates for resident-centered design. In this approach, the care-delivery model is shaped around the people who live in these environments. Even the most care-intensive environments feel like home. Private or shared rooms open directly onto social hubs. Great rooms with integrated kitchens encourage home-like socialization. Gardens and courtyards provide soothing retreats. Discreetly located nursing desks replace the looming and dominant nursing station.

To develop these innovative projects, Irwin Partners Architects has joined with its clients to obtain permits and, in some cases, variances from state and local authorities. Examples of groundbreaking projects include:

CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES (CCRC)

Traditionally, retirement communities have been located far from population centers or walled off from their neighbors. A rapidly growing number of retirees want to remain engaged in a larger community. They also prefer to remain in their retirement home as they age, and have services made available to them there. Irwin Partners Architects expects these trends to accelerate as Baby Boomers reach retirement.

Two examples of CCRCs are The Classic Residence by Hyatt, located in the seaside community of La Jolla, CA; and The Tower at Town & Country Manor, in Santa Ana, CA. These communities support the concept of “aging in place,” with a continuum of care suited to an aging population. In addition to a wide range of on-site amenities, these properties are also designed to engage their residents in lively art, entertainment, shopping and other attractions of the surrounding communities.

Projects

The Dominion Clubhouse

The Dominion

San Antonio, Texas
This 34,000 sq. ft. clubhouse serves a variety of purposes, all attractively contained within a Tuscan-style facade.

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Salem Luthern Church

Salem Luthern Church

Orange, California
Involvement, community and joyfulness are important elements of worship at Salem Lutheran Church.

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Good Shepherd Day Care

Good Shepherd Day Care

Irvine, California
Good Shepherd wanted to expand its 30 child preschool to serve over 200 preschoolers, while providing daycare for 25 infants.

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