Whether you are planning a new community or remodeling an existing one, the second DVD in the Access to Nature series illustrates a variety of ways the building layout can encourage residents to go outdoors.
Case studies, sketches, and models show how to make strong indoor-outdoor connections, remove perceived barriers, and create successful transition zones, such as an entry garden.
Learn about cost-effective solutions to issues of accessibility, visibility, and interfacing with the outdoors as well as suggested adaptations for individuals with dementia.
Access to Nature was developed by a large multidisciplinary team of expert consultants and students working with Dr. Susan Rodiek, who teaches architecture at Texas A&M University, with the input of numerous people in the seniors housing and care industry.
Your professional organization may offer continuing education credit for completing the Access to Nature Program.
In order to obtain continuing education credit, you will be tested on material including:
“Finally! A user-friendly resource for designers and administrators, presenting the latest relevant research on the design of outdoor space in senior housing.”
—Clare Cooper Marcus, author of Healing Gardens
“These DVDs provide evidence-based design guidelines in an accessible and transparent way& that will give everyone a real head start …”
—John Zeisel, Ph.D., author of I’m Still Here
” … provides a valuable tool in understanding and achieving outdoor spaces that encourage older adults to go outside.”
—Elizabeth C. Brawley, author of Design Innovations for Aging and Alzheimer’s
“This guide is a much needed resource that underscores the importance of good outdoor access for residents of seniors housing communities … ”
—Robert Kramer, President, National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Industry