Although the style of floor lamps or armchairs decorating the lobby of an assisted living facility is not important, interior design does play a key role that many tend to overlook.
For instance, navigating a long hallway in an assisted living home can be a real challenge for a person with vision impairments. Consider this: if the wallpaper is in a neutral tone and the handrails are painted in a neutral color, it will be extremely difficult to differentiate between the two. Contrasting colors, in the form of a darker-colored wallpaper with a cream-colored handrail (or vice versa) would make navigation much easier.
Likewise, if the carpet has a busy pattern, those who have trouble with depth perception will find traversing the halls a frustrating or frightening experience. Wood floors or tile may offer a cleaner look than a patterned carpet, but if the floor is glossy, the high shine can produce a glare that would also present issues for a person with vision impairments.
The concept of universal design is still quite new (the term emerged 11 years ago at a university conference), but it is being applied more frequently as senior care facilities – even senior’s homes – are adapted, upgraded, and constructed to better meet their changing needs.