Common Flaws to Avoid in Senior Housing Design
Throughout our extensive experience providing custom TV channels to senior living communities such as assisted living facilities, retirement homes etc., we have noticed that an often overlooked design flaw is the poor coordination of the outlets and wiring associated with TV units. Wall-mounted TVs are becoming increasingly popular as they free up valuable space. There are however a few important notes to consider when utilizing this type technology in your senior residence, community or assisted living facility.
The location of the TV, and accordingly the wires and outlets, are of utmost importance. When we see wires running up and down the wall, it is not only unsightly but also poses a hazard in senior communities. With an assisted living TV for example, residents may fiddle with the wires and risk electric shock. To avoid this issue, you may choose to use a simple cable cover or have the wires run through the wall with an in-wall cover and power kit.
Other issues that we come across are when a TV protrudes too far out from the wall or is too high up and out of reach. To prevent these issues, you can use a recessed wall plug to ensure that the TV is mounted close to the wall or alternatively, the TV can be placed inside a built-in piece of furniture or over a table or dresser.
After all, we want to ensure that everyone in our senior living communities and assisted living facilities are safe, healthy and happy!