Russ Garber

by Russ Garber

Director - Senior Living Studio

See Seniors Housing in a New Light

  • FEBRUARY 02, 2018
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While many design elements in senior living facilities have been carefully vetted and refined over many iterations—even generations—one element that is all-too-often overlooked is lighting. Lighting has a significant impact on residents.

We recently commissioned a study, conducted by design research consultants, that consolidated and conducted a comprehensive review of academic journals, scientific studies and published literature on the topic of lighting in senior living facilities and found that the three main areas that lighting effects in residents' lives in senior living facilities are mood, risk of falls and overall resident performance.

So, what did we find? Check out my recent article in Seniors Housing Business about the key effects of lighting.

Source: "See Seniors Housing in a New Light" in Seniors Housing Business 

Lack of illumination may induce a higher risk of accidental falls for residents, especially dementia patients. In a continuing care environment, a lighting plan should be created to increase lighting as the resident grows older. 

Russ Garber

by Russ Garber

Director - Senior Living Studio

With three decades in architecture and design, and nearly fifteen years dedicated to Senior Living, Russ Garber has built a reputation, and made a much-deserved name for himself, as one of the most nationally recognized Senior Living design leaders in the country.