Jaw-Dropping Man Design For Nursing Home That Improved Its Patients’ Conditions

There are many sad daily situations that staff members deal with on a daily basis. One of the most common ones among patients with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, is wanting breakfast at night time, because they lose the notion of what time it is. Or, thinking they have to go to work, because they lose track of what year it is, and their current age. But, Jean Makesh, CEO of Lantern assisted living facilities, had a design solution for all these problems. He knew that with his design concept, he could lessen the amount of confusion from dementia and alzheimer’s, a great deal.

His biggest priority in his design, was to completely change their environment. He wanted to simulate being outside, in a town, even taking them to various past decades.

“What if we design an environment that looks like outside?”¬† he said. “What if I can have a sunrise and sunset inside the building? What if I’m able to have the moon and stars come out? What if I build a unit that takes residents back to the ’30s and ’40s?”

So he did just that! And, he added in aromatherapy, sound therapy, and also carpets that look like grass. Nothing was off limits!

What he created was a memory-care facility. He tested his concept at Lantern Madison’s Ohio Facility. Makesh is now opening two new facilities this year.

¬†Instead of rooms or units, each resident gets a “home” on a quiet little indoor street reminiscent of the neighborhoods many of them grew up in.


Instead of a boring panel ceiling, residents look up and see a digital sky, which grows dimmer late in the day to help keep their biological clocks in tune.


Throughout the day, nature sounds and fresh aromas like peppermint or citrus are piped in.


For Makesh, this isn’t just about making patients comfortable, though. He wants to change how we think about the endgame of severe dementia.


Perhaps this will change the sad perception have of nursing homes. And, instead see it as a happy place, to enjoy life as an elder. Share with friends!

Via Upworthy


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