Redefining the Nursing Home Archetype: Integration into Communities
Jones, Tara Marie
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M. Arch.) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Includes bibliographical references (pages 154-158).
"This study focuses on the problems associated with the design of nursing home typology. The current typology of nursing homes confines the elderly, thus hindering modern health wellbeing and healthy lifestyles. The majority of these facilities are placed in areas outside of cities and are ignored or go unnoticed in everyday activity even though zoning codes allow them to be in more beneficial locations. The residents of these nursing homes lack a connection to their surrounding community and become isolated. The lack of activity and social interaction creates a large disconnect from who they were before being placed within a nursing home, which can cause a person to lose self-identity. This neglect of mental and physical stimulation can cause people to become more prone to depression and illnesses, thus leading to a decline of health and wellbeing. The outcome of this thesis will be the redevelopment of the current nursing home typology and will reestablish its connection to the surrounding community through architectural design pedagogy. The building will increase the quality of life for senior residences and will bridge to a community center that promotes communication between the two in everyday activity. These joining buildings will form an interaction through a fitness/rehabilitation center, classrooms, courtyards, gardens, and gathering spaces. This establishes the nursing home as more than just a building, but as a community within itself. With the change of mindset and lifestyle of nursing homes, this thesis will change and develop the outdated archetype of aging. The nursing home facility will house a range of 40 to 50 residents, and the location will be in Savannah, Georgia. This thesis will focus on the investigation of creating a safe and comfortable living environment for residents of a nursing home that enables them to interact and participate in their surrounding community."
Keywords: elderly, lifestyle, nursing home, community, archetype, active aging, health, Savannah
CHAIR: Ngo, Huy
PDF (158 pages): illustrations (chiefly color), plans
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