You know what elderly people really want? Not "campuses". They want to be able to easily walk to social and commercial spaces -- a library, a store, a coffee house. They don't want to have to wander aimlessly around a complex of fourteen almost-identical buildings trying to remember which one is theirs.
When I close my eyes and imagine death, I see buildings like this -- so, yeah, it makes sense these are a nursing home.
Fnarf is absolutely right. When the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture was working on a facility for Alzheimer's patients, all the buildings were round so people would not get lost!
I hope when I'm old I live in a busy little street in London.
You call it downsizing.
I call it filling graveyards.
Why does every new development have to be a massive block-long monstrosity? We need to figure out how to get 14 smaller developers to invest in different projects scattered over a larger area with some older buildings left intact.
Some day, not that long from now, this is going to be a single block of equally dated construction that no one wants to live in.
We need neighborhoods, not developments. Neighborhoods have a mix of buildings built for different purposes and adaptable for all kinds of uses, built at different times.
In Rome, people lived in fairly tall block-long apartment buildings.
No reason we can't do the same.
@4: did you see that this was a NURSING HOME/HOSPICE? you don't go there to LIVE. your mixed-use planning idealism is admirable, but not very practical when it comes to caring for the elderly.
given where Foss is, this will enhance the neighborhood immensely for the next 50 years.
#4 This is not a massive block long building. It's broken up into smaller buildings allowing more light to come into individual apartments. Compared to what other choices seniors have in north Seattle, this is big progress.
Max, people in nursing homes do not all lie in bed all day and night. They are frequently mobile. And giving them something to do with their time besides staring at TV or watching clowns twist balloons can increase both the quality and the quantity of their lives.
actually, it's not a block long development, there is an attempt to break up the massing w/ light courts.
however, the project itself looks rather awful.
i'm especially looking forward to when people start building smaller ederly homes that are actual homes worth living in and not some hole in the wall that deprives the elderly of all their senses just so you can stick your grandmother in one to save a few bucks.
You *DO* realize that you should not try to insert your opinion [ie: yourself] into *EVERY* "news" story you write, right?
For the love of god... I am just waiting for another pot article to come out.... but I grant that you will learn from your mistakes.
I am an optimist.
Is this project going to be affordable to Mwedicare folk?
Holy burying-the-lede, Dominicman!
Nursing homes are not where people go to die, they are where people go to live when they are disabled. (Incidentally, many more people could be living in their own homes if the state of Washington followed their own regulations for the COPES program. They could provide assistance up to 90% of the cost of nursing home placement, but they actually only will provide assistance up to 40% of the cost. This means people are forced into nursing homes, at a cost of a thousand a month more, at least, for the taxpayer to pay, but at least the bureaucrats keep their power over the disabled.)
But what the story says is that Foss wants to go out of the nursing home business. In a sense this is understandable, because it's hard to make money or break even providing care. Still, the quoted slap in the face to other nursing homes by David Crouch sounds pretty funny coming from a guy who intends to just admit defeat and stop providing care at all.
What happened is that 20 years ago more of the people in nursing homes were not that disabled. Care requirements for many residents were modest. Since then, the bar has been raised- now you need to be significantly disabled to qualify for admission. The cost and complexity of providing care has also risen.
Foss wants to get back to what they were doing, and that's maybe not such a bad thing. But it's not automatically a good thing either.
OTOH, from the standpoint of the employee...I always feel like I'm dying a little when I walk up to one of these institutional facades. And the elevation for the Foss project has "kill me now" written all over it.
At least once a year I go and look at the friezes on the old Doctors Hospital (now part of Virginia Mason) as a sort of antidote to the deadly facelessness of second-rate institutions.
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