Health Facilities Group has the knowledge and skill set to foresee how design plans will directly and indirectly affect the routines of patients and staff. At Park Lane in Scott City, Kansas, HFG leveraged additions and renovations to catalyze a significant culture change from traditional, institutional care to an intimate Household and Neighborhood model. For decades, senior care has been provided in networks of double-load corridors with small rooms on each side. Such configurations have the effect of isolating our elders by separating them from common spaces where they would otherwise develop the peer relationships essential to sustaining fulfillment at this stage of life.
During renovation of Park Lane’s “Main Street” space, HFG considered logistics and psychology in order to promote active engagement with this destination area. Our architects took a similar approach to confirming the feasibility of eliminating the central nurse station. Finally, HFG’s renovations and additions respected and built upon the original building’s prairie style architecture to further create a sense of home. Designing for people requires considering people: how they act, what they feel, who they are. Health Facilities Group used these principles to achieve considerable culture change at Park Lane.
Health Facilities Group oversaw substantial 44,000 SF additions and renovations to Park Lane to convert all Long-Term Care residences to a Household and Neighborhood model. Included in the additions were 3 two-bedroom suites and 8 one-bedroom suites, each featuring a new dining room, new dietary services, a living room, and a bathing room. HFG improved existing facilities through finish upgrades and a major renovation of a new main street destination area, which included an activity room, therapy room, beauty shop, and general store.