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This issue is about making your physical therapy stand out and helping to differentiate your organization from the competition.  Let JWB help you stand apart!
How to Make Your Physical Therapy Suite Stand Out
Short Term Rehabilitation for Seniors is a very competitive marketplace. How can you make your therapy space stand out?  Here is how we at JWB have done it for our clients over the past two decades.
First, accentuate the positive.  Look at your building/campus globally.  Where are the best outward views? What areas are equally accessible to your residents and to visitors/guests?  What spaces would more easily allow for special features because of good headroom and easy adaptability? Areas that share these characteristics will foster the creation of a state of the art therapy program.
If your existing therapy space has poor views, low headroom and is not visually accessible to your potential clients, then you might want to strongly consider relocating it to a location that "checks all the boxes".  The most common "spatial shift" we are called upon to execute is to swap the locations of a central dining/recreation room and an existing therapy suite. This seems like an easy maneuver but can be tricky since resident dining rooms must be sized per code based on licensed bed capacity. This sometimes necessitates an artful replanning of other existing spaces to "squeeze in" more dining square footage (one of our specialties).
Although many senior care organizations prefer to locate smaller satellite rehab spaces "on the unit", there are many drawbacks to doing so. A central ground floor rehab suite will most likely allow for greater ceiling height, a much larger footprint, direct access to the outdoors and better visibility for family tours.
A greater headroom and larger footprint more easily facilitate the incorporation of special features that will set your rehab program apart. These could include a therapy pool, specialized overhead suspension systems such as "Zero-G" and more robust activities of daily living suites configured as simulated residential apartments.
During periods of favorable weather, a ground floor location may allow your therapy programs to be extended outdoors onto customized patios which can also have specialized features such as, ramps, stairs, putting greens, multiple walking surfaces and full size actual automobiles.
Of course, adding specialty rehab features must be accompanied by a cutting-edge aesthetic that is reminiscent of a full service health club. The interior design should promote a sense of movement and energy through the use of geometry, color and lighting.
At JWB we are specialists in "Rehabbing Your Rehab". Let us help you build your vision. It's what we do!
Do you have questions or feedback about the information provided or regarding your property or building that we can answer?  Contact us and we will be happy to provide you with any additional information you may need.  We want to continue to offer content that interests you, our readers. Please drop us a line and let us know what topics you might want to learn more about. As always, we love hearing from you.
John W. Baumgarten, RA, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal & President


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