Some SNF Operators Specialize to Take on High-Acuity Patients

With fewer hospital referrals coming in, and a sicker patient population post-COVID, some operators are finding ways to stand out by specializing in specific areas of medicine to help bring in higher acuity patients. As Martin Siefering, principal at architecture firm Perkins Eastman, put it, nursing homes have more beds than they need right now […]

We Need to Dramatically Change the Design of Nursing Homes in the U.S.

What once could be considered the norm in skilled nursing facilities — shared rooms, bathrooms and common areas — has recently been and will further be closely scrutinized by industry analysts, operators and the architects who design these facilities as the industry emerges from the height of the pandemic. Martin Siefering, a principal at architecture […]

Mixed-Age Skilled Nursing Facilities Face Significant Barriers

When Skilled Nursing News set out to envision the nursing home of the future, one topic kept coming up over and over again: the intergenerational SNF, a place where people of all ages could recover from surgeries or receive long-term care together. But creating such a diverse facility is easier said than done. “For short-term […]

Why Skilled Nursing Needs to Take Cues from Hotels

Ten seconds. That’s how quickly some consumers make up their minds about a skilled nursing facility. They make that decision upon entry, as they look at the lobby, the seating, the art on the walls. It’s the reason some skilled nursing design experts believe that SNF operators must pay more attention than they already do […]

Privacy, Adaptability Key to Skilled Nursing Unit Design

As the needs of seniors that require skilled nursing care continue to evolve, so do the communities that cater to their needs — with many adopting a “household” model to make SNF rooms feel more personal and private. Many design firms have started to implement this approach in their skilled nursing projects, including international architecture and […]

Making SNFs Feel Like Home Without Major Upgrades

Skilled nursing providers don’t need to break the bank or knock down walls to make their facilities more visually attractive. In fact, some of the more effective design strategies are also some of the simplest, skilled nursing design experts say. And instead of trying to buy the whole package, operators might instead look for a la carte […]

Costly Design Features Can Pay Off for Skilled Nursing

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning to skilled nursing operators and other health care providers about the dangers of Legionnaires’ disease, an airborne illness that can claim lives — and costs operators hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Advances in skilled nursing facility design have made disease prevention easier for […]