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Home unit design

Home units typically comprise 12 single rooms with private bathrooms. Individual suites surround the common kitchen, dining and lounge areas.

The interior is as homelike as possible, featuring wood, carpeting and curtains. Home units convey a sense of safety, belonging and familiarity.

The standard layout of the units can be adapted to fit the needs, circumstances and cultural preferences of its residents.

Arches, islands and tables define the space above and below the line-of-sight. Small activity areas allow for informal social interaction among residents and visitors.

Residents with high-level care needs, who are unable to move around, are located close to the kitchen, which serves as the anchor point for home unit staff. This way they are integrated into social activities and personnel can observe when they may require more assistance.


Each home unit has its own kitchen and dining area, which serves as an anchor point. Staff working in the kitchen has a good overview of activity in the rest of the common area, thanks to its central location and good lines-of-sight. The open design of the kitchen allows easy access to plates and utensils. Residents are encouraged to help prepare meals. They are free to help themselves to snacks and drinks at any time.


Mixed, non-institutional furniture upholstered in different colors creates a cheerful atmosphere. Home decor can be adapted by the residents to reflect individual taste and personality.

Individual suites

Each individual suite has a large window and private bathroom. There is a small sitting area for quiet enjoyment and socializing.

Residents and their families are free to bring furniture and decorate their own rooms, reflecting their tastes, interests and personalities.

Standard options include built-in closets, carpeting and wood flooring and a mix of ceiling and wall-mounted lights. Beds are technical but blend into the homelike atmosphere of the room.

So as to ensure a continuum of care, all bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. All rooms are equipped with rails to the bathroom, so that lifts can be installed as needed. Movement sensors alert staff to possible problems without infringing on privacy. Video/wifi connections are available throughout the facility.

Common areas

The entrance foyer expresses the character of the home. There is a natural flow from entrance into common areas. Small seating areas allow residents to relax with friends.

The foyer can be configured for seasonal festivities and small concerts. There is ample space for volunteers to organize and engage residents in events.

Visiting seniors participating in the day-care programme can mingle with residents and enjoy a shared art and craft space.

Dedicated common spaces include a spa and hair salon, a rehab room, a library with computer access and a chapel/worship area.

Accommodating a range of needs

Technology is incorporated to meet the changing needs of the residents as they age in place.

Common areas are clearly structured, using a simple layout, direct lines-of-sight and contrasting colors that facilitate way finding.

Residents are invited to engage in activities and socialize. The design of the kitchen and dining area promotes resident participation in simple household tasks like setting the table, cutting vegetables and folding laundry.

Spacious common areas support residents with limited mobility.

Access to Internet allows residents to stay connected with families and friends.

Pets and plants

Small pets such as cats, fish and birds bring life inside the house, providing sensory stimulation and comfort.

Plants create positive, healthy living environments, offering an opportunity for sensory engagement and meaningful activity. The new building features indoor plants, terrace planters, a winter garden, sun parlours and landscaped, sheltered outdoor spaces which residents can independently access.

Light and sound

Access to natural light is an important design consideration. The shape and aspect of the building, the interior layout, as well as the location of windows optimizes the quality of light. This is enhanced by natural light channeling as well as high quality artificial light to reflect daily and seasonal light variations.

Noise levels are minimized through the interior layout design and acoustically absorbent floor and wall covers.



Common areas provide a venue for musical performances, dances and other gatherings. The architecture promotes spontaneous interaction among the residents, and welcomes families and friends. Meals can be prepared in the common kitchen. Spaces can be configured for small parties. A safe play area for children encourages family visits.

Seasonal festivities allow residents to celebrate cultural heritage with members of their community and visitors. The individual home units and common areas are designed to facilitate socializing.

Respite and daycare

Our years of providing care for the elderly have given us an appreciation for the challenges faced by seniors living independently who are recovering from medical incidents. We also recognize the heavy burden borne by those who care for relatives at home.

Our present plans include comfortable single rooms with an ensuite bathroom to be available for respite care. Seniors with physical and mental frailties will have a place to get professional and compassionate care. While at the new German-Canadian Care Home they can take part in recreational activities and access in-house physio- and occupational therapy.

Plans also include an adult day-care facility, for seniors and care-givers who would like to benefit from the services offered at the facility without overnight stay.

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