Peters and Associates, Architects, P.C.

Community Memorial Health Center Skilled Nursing Facility Preliminary Pod Design

Hartley, Iowa. This Patient-Centered Care unit was created as a result of the clients request for a home like environment for Alzheimer patients. The pod design included 14 private patient rooms with private toilets. The client requested to have only a central bath in lieu of private bathing facilities in each room; which is now becoming common in patient centered care facilities. A centrally located nurse workstation allows the nurse to have visibility to all patient rooms and exits. The kitchen was designed to allow patients and staff to cook desserts and minor meals. The central atrium space is designed to bring in important natural daylight giving patients and staff a better indoor environment. This pod is connected directly to the main nursing home which provides other services like physical therapy and food service.