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Designing for cognitive well-being in long-term care

February, 2019
By Monica Fleck, McCormick Care Group

Imagine you’re a third-year college student in an interior design program and you’ve just completed six weeks of observing how long-term care residents with dementia interact with their living space. Now you find yourself presenting your recommendations to the architect who actually designed the facility and the CEO who oversaw the build.

That was exactly the experience this fall for 25 students in the Interior Design Program at Fanshawe College who were given this unique learning opportunity through the collaboration of Professor Natalie Rowe of Fanshawe’s Faculty of Art, Media and Design; Richard Hammond, architect at Cornerstone Architecture; and Steven Crawford, CEO of McCormick Care Group, the governing organization of McCormick Home, a long-term care facility in London, Ontario.

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