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This week we are discussing Assisted Living. In Converting from skilled nursing (SNF) to assisted living (ALP), there are some basic infrastructure changes that must be made.
Converting from Skilled Nursing to Assisted Living  

I n the era of right-sizing and the resulting focus on services, many of our clients are converting Skilled Nursing  Units into Assisted Living Programs (ALPs).

At its core, Assisted Living is a synergy of hospitality and social services. An ALP can be created using one of two models: the adult home model or the enriched housing model.

In the adult home model, resident rooms resemble skilled  nursing rooms with more residential furnishings and finishes.  There usually is no kitchenette or individual bathing fixture  within the resident room. Congregant dining is mandatory as  is dedicated activity/lounge space.

In enriched housing, resident rooms more closely resemble studio or one bedroom apartments. There is usually a spatial distinction between the sleeping and living areas and each apartment features a 3 fixture bathroom (with shower) and a pantry/kitchenette with a sink and refrigerator. Although there are pantries in each resident unit, congregant dining areas are still needed and there is generally a wider variety of amenity spaces such as resident laundry areas, arts and crafts rooms, and libraries with internet access.

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John W. Baumgarten, RA, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal & President