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Health Care Expansion Essay

1237 words - 5 pages

Temple Living Center East Expansion
Michelle Grey-Karl
HCS/446 Facility Planning
January 23, 2012
Ryan Haywood, MBA

Temple Living Center East Expansion
Within the world today there are different types of health care facilities to serve the different types of individuals and health care conditions. Temple Living Center East is a long-term care facility that serves the individuals who requires prevention, healing, and rehabilitative nursing care services for non-acute, long-term environment for the elderly. Temple Living Center East will be working on updating the secure unit for the individuals who require special care because of the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. There will be several ...view middle of the document...

If the completion service is approved then the DHS will issue a license to the facility after the architectural inspecting surveyor submits the certifications and documentation from his or her inspection on the fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, and gas test along with the life safety code inspection (Department of Aging and Disability Services, 2011). These are just a few regulations required by the Department of Human Services and Aging Disability of Texas. Also for a long-term care facility to be reimbursed under Medicare and Medicaid there is federal standards along with Joint commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Finally, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) has to approve all designs of a public building to maintain specific accessibility requirements within the design (Carr, 2012).
Temple Living Center East is working to increase the functionality of the secure Alzheimer’s unit by updating the colors of the facility with some remodeling of the rooms. One aspect that is important on the secure unit is that the environment is warm and reassuring with non-reflective finishes, and colors or textures. Some colors are more soothing to the individuals with Alzheimer’s so the design plans will to paint the walls with light blue and warm honey tones. Along with noise reduction flooring called Tandus flooring that is easy to maintain, durable, and cost effective. This type of flooring will help maintain the noise because of the sound absorption, and reduce the risk of slips and falls because of reduction of glare from overhead lighting. This type of flooring can offer inlying of symbols so it will give the individuals a wayfinding program because of the symbols that can lead direction to the individual with Alzheimer’s (Tandus Flooring, 2011).
Other equipment that Temple Living Center East will be supplying in the remodel is new flat screen television in each patient room, computer centers on the hall for the nurses to be closer to his or her patients, and new artwork that is inspired from the individuals past such as familiar historical events, famous places or people and old photographs. This is just a few items along with the new furniture, lighting, windows, flooring, paint, and wiring. With these updates this will help the individuals feel more at home and less confused in this secure environment.
Temple Living Center East will be granted a budget of $150,000 and with the flooring costing an estimate $48,000, electrician cost of $5,000, electronics $10,000, paint $3,000, lighting $5,000, skylights $6,000, labor $6,000, update the furniture for $5,400, artwork $2,000, and bathroom remodel...

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