LuAnn Thoma-Holec was featured in a McKnights Long Term Care News article about TV lounges and how they have become the focal point of long-term care facilities. Reporter John Andrews explains how the furniture, color schemes, and amenities are important to creating a homelike feeling. LuAnn provides advice for creating different theater-like atmospheres for memory care and skilled nursing communities, assisted living communities, and independent living communities. Thoma-Holec Design photographs are featured throughout the article.
Following is an excerpt of LuAnn’s contributions:
When approaching the design of TV and entertainment rooms, designer LuAnn Thoma-Holec recommends a different approach for each type of long-term care facility.
Memory care and skilled nursing communities will typically create a smaller living room atmosphere. These will include a large plasma TV located in a cabinet that can be closed when not in use. Sofas, lounge chairs, cocktail/ottomans and recliners offer a living room atmosphere and comfortable seating.
Assisted living communities can create a theater-type experience. However, the seating may not be fixed, but rather an upholstered “lounge”-type seating with a cup holder within one arm. Most of the AL communities consist of 80 residential units or more, with multiple common areas to accommodate additional activities.
Independent living communities should create a full theater experience, complete with surround sounds, large automated screens, fixed theater seating and refreshment center. Special features should be shown throughout the day or evening. Recent installations have incorporated a large plasma TV that remains in place when a movie is not in progress.
To read the full article entitled Room with a view, please download the .pdf.