Publication: JAMDA – The Journal of Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine
Publication Reference: COVID-19 Special Article| Volume 21, ISSUE 11, P1519-1524, November 01, 2020
Authors: Anderson DC, Grey T, Kennelly S, O’Neill D
Many nursing home design models can have a negative impact on older people and these flaws have been compounded by Coronavirus Disease 2019 and related infection control failures. This article proposes that there is now an urgent need to examine these architectural design models and provide alternative and holistic models that balance infection control and quality of life at multiple spatial scales in existing and proposed settings. Moreover, this article argues that there is a convergence on many fronts between these issues and that certain design models and approaches that improve quality of life, will also benefit infection control, support greater resilience, and in turn improve overall pandemic preparedness.
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