Respecting your privacy.
Lexington Springs Senior Living
20 Rehab beds, 16 Memory Care beds, 60 Assisted Living apartments, 23 Independent Living apartments, physical therapy gym, dining hall, bistro, healing garden.
Lexington Springs Senior Living looks at how resident privacy and socialization can serve as planning principles for a new campus.
When Lexington Springs Senior Living first came to MKM, they wanted assistance in designing a new Life Plan Community in a southwest suburb of Indianapolis. But they wanted more than a building. Having seen MKM’s research presented at a national conference exploring the importance of resident privacy and purpose, they asked the design team to explore how the new building could redefine their operational model in hopes of prioritizing the sense of dignity and belonging for their future residents.
Many senior care environments promise a “home-like” environment, but what many mean by that is that the building looks similar to a “house.” The provision on a “home” comes with an expectation of control, privacy, belonging, and memory – elements that can be difficult to provide in a conventional residential care setting.
Lexington Springs dedicated itself to understanding how the transition from public to private spaces can impact the resident’s perception of independence. By positioning a series of transitional spaces throughout the building designed to buffer these private realms and define thresholds to intimate space, the design of the new building defined evidence-based strategies aimed at allowing resident to engage on their own terms and protect each person’s sense of “home.”
AIA, LEED AP, Principal