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Did you miss EFA 2021 in Chattanooga?

Here’s 6 CEU (HSW) credits—on us!

Whether you were one of the over 1,000 industry professionals who joined us, or could not attend live, you now have the opportunity to access 6 of the sessions from the conference, on demand! Please click the button below to sign up for FREE access to our on-demand library of 6 CEU-eligible sessions, recorded at EFA. We welcome you to watch as many (and as often!) as you like, through December 31, 2021.



E05 – Weathering the Storm: Resilient Design Strategies for Senior Living

Brent Bartell, P.E., Principal, Hart Gaugler + Associates
Grant Warner, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, HKS

Senior living communities provide a sense of permanence and longevity. However, that permanence can be routinely and sometimes dramatically challenged by natural or man-made disasters—for example, the COVID-19 pandemic completely disrupted our way of life. Weather-related events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding can compromise or destroy buildings in an instant. Protecting facilities, and more importantly the health, safety, and welfare of residents and staff, is paramount. This session highlights a new movement called “resilient building design” and will highlight building design and strategies that can more successfully adapt to changing conditions and can more readily absorb and recover from adverse events.


E07 – Intergenerational, Arts-Inspired, and Affordable: A Housing Model for Health and Well-Being

Kelsey Oesmann, AIA, Design Initiatives Manager, Urban Housing Solutions
Cathy Maxwell, RN, MSN, PhD, Asst. Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Vickie Harris, BS, MBA, Founder and CEO, Community ConneXor

As America ages, we are facing a potential crisis of both housing and healthcare, exacerbated by systemic racial and socioeconomic inequities. Where a person lives determines many health outcomes, especially for older adults. In order to address these growing challenges, Urban Housing Solutions has created an intergenerational, arts-inspired affordable housing community in North Nashville, Tenn. From architectural design to program design and technology to financing, this session will explore the process of simultaneously building an apartment community and a network of partners to support the health and well-being of multiple generations of residents, reinforcing the idea that housing is healthcare.


E09 – Creating Home for Seniors Living with Cognitive and Behavioral Health Impairments

Megan Crites, AIA, NCARB, RID, Senior Associate, MKM Architecture + Design
Deb Lambert, Health Facility Administrator, CEO, Byron Wellness Systems
Sarah Starcher, Health Facility Administrator, Executive Director, Byron Health Center

While there has been an increase in memory care design strategies, very little covers the full spectrum of cognitive impairment and behavioral health. Those living with these challenges greatly depend on the culture around them. This presentation will offer candid perspectives based on the presenters’ research and experiences in designing and supporting environments for cognitive and behavioral health impaired residents. Discussing case studies (including the Byron Health Center’s 170-resident home), best practices, and guiding principles, participants will understand how to create home environments that promote and reinforce the strengths and abilities of all residents through research principles applied to design.


E10 – The Effects of Noise on Dining Room Occupants Across Community Types

Mandy Kachur, PE, INCE.Bd.Cert., Fellow of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, Co-Owner and Principal Consultant, Soundscape Engineering
Noral Stewart, PhD, FASA, FASTM, President and Principal Consultant, Stewart Acoustical Consultants

Residents of senior living communities have a high incidence of hearing impairments, which produce quality of life issues in noisy dining rooms. Being unable to comprehend speech in noise is a common problem that limits enjoyment, communication, and well-being. This presentation explores alleviation of this problem through good architectural practices and engineering calculations that include determining the quantity of sound-absorbing acoustical treatments, the number of seats per table, the distance between speaker and listener, the distance between tables, noise barrier options, and isolation of sound sources. While these design improvements benefit people of all hearing abilities, they are of particular importance to people with hearing impairments.


E12 – Next Opportunity: The Ins and Outs of Designing for the Middle Market

Jennifer Schwalm, CPA, Partner, Healthcare Practice-Senior Services Leader, Baker Tilly US
Deborah Seitz, AIA, LEED AP Homes, Principal, Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interiors
Carol McKinley, Ph.D., NHA-NJ&PA, CEO, Simpson Senior Services

Today’s senior living marketplace offers ample housing opportunities for seniors in upper income brackets, as well as subsidized housing for low-income seniors. However, these two groups comprise merely 30 percent of the nation’s senior population. What, then, about the remaining 70 percent? The current generation of seniors are living longer and may have not planned for this making finances tighter, most current senior communities, developers, and financial institutions are not geared up for this combination which presents both a challenge and an opportunity.

This session explores a new strategy to provide housing priced for the local middle market through repurposing existing spaces rather than building a separate building. As part of the session, a financial case study and a design model will demonstrate how to balance the design requirements of seniors with realistic financial expectations.


E15 – Design for Improved Quality of Staff Time

Lorraine G. Hiatt, PhD, Environmental Gerontologist

Designers hold the keys for unlocking health outcomes through efficient and safer staff movement. This session will demonstrate how staff time gets “trapped or squandered” in traditional and even newer plans. The presenter will trouble shoot 8 design criteria including: distances traveled by shift; room and bathroom safety; Covid-mitigation, materials movement; and staff collaboration. View designs that facilitate comfortable dining, intuitive memory enhancement, and getting outside. Obtain new design tools by viewing early example case studies, tracking capital and operating costs, and using 2-dimensional mock-ups early in planning. Finally inspire sponsors, staff, and designer/engineering and regulatory peers to use Lean Design for more meaningful staff outcomes and improved caregiving.

Important information about CEUs:

All sessions have been approved for 1 AIA LU (E05, E07, E10 and E09 are HSW). If you are an AIA member and provided your membership number at registration, your viewing of this webinar will be reported to AIA on your behalf up until Dec. 31, 2021. Because this session is broadcast on demand, AIA requires that you complete and pass a quiz demonstrating your comprehension of the material presented. The quiz will appear on screen at the conclusion of the broadcast; you must achieve a passing grade of 80% and will have the opportunity to retake the quiz until you pass.

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