Nursing Home Design - Nurses' Care Stations
Traditionally, a centralized Nurses' or Care Station has been a prominent feature in long-term care homes. Based on the medical model of acute care hospitals, this area served as a work station for office tasks such as record keeping, medication preparation and resident monitoring. Often the Nurse's Station was located at the entrance to the residential ... [Show full abstract] living areas and served as a control point both for visiting family members and residents. The physical design of the station acted as a barrier that separated eta from residents - either as closed-in or located behind high counters, thereby reinforcing the institutional nature of the home. Solutions to this noisy, centralized design involve breaking up the Nurses' Stations into smaller, more welcoming, decentralized stations, or, partially, to create a hybrid form.