A New Milestone in Memory Care

Cypress Cove

DESIGN WITH A PURPOSE

The Cottage at Cypress Cove is a Memory Care Assisted Living residence that specifically caters to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions. The design marks a new milestone in memory care by combining a ground-breaking program with an innovative environment that actively addresses the symptoms of Alzheimer’s/Dementia while creating a familiar, comfortable home.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR HOME

The Guiding Principles were established through research, experience, and learning tours to several Memory Care communities to gain insights into the best practices in programming, operations, staffing, training, and environment. These guiding beliefs informed all aspects of design and were keys to success in creating a safe environment, fostering autonomy, and providing purpose that enhances the daily lives of residents.

ILLUMINATING IDEAS

Often in people with dementia-related disorders, the internal circadian rhythms and wake sleep cycle become disrupted, which have significant impacts on residents and caregivers. Research indicates that the exposure to a supplemental lighting system can help residents maintain synchronization with the solar day. Cypress Cove's new memory support household, The Cottage, is the first purpose-built dementia environment in the world to utilize this technology to help with light-related symptoms of dementia. The system is inconspicuously located in the cove lighting located in all common areas. This provides residents exposure to the illumination process 24 hours a day as light therapy.

LOCATION:

Fort Myers, FL

PROGRAM:

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care and Assisted Living Households.

SERVICES:

Architecture and Engineering

SIZE:

39,533 SF

COMPLETION DATE:

2016

COLLABORATORS:

GMK Associates (Interior Design)

AWARDS:

Citation of Merit, Environments for Aging Design Showcase

Design for Aging Review, 14th Edition

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