I’m pleased to share that I was one of 20 finalists for a grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. My proposal, “A Framework for Design-Enabled Care,” applied Choice Theory to four case studies for environments for seniors and people with disabilities.
Traditionally, the focus of home design for seniors, the elderly, the unwell, and the disabled has been on improving the environment for better physical functioning. Design-enabled care seeks to re-envision the idea of care to engage their whole person – to solve not only the physical but also the emotional and social challenges they encounter in a place.
If approved for a grant, the project shows how design elements are experienced by home users as caregiving. The quality of light in a room, the ease of using a stairway in a building, the presence of trees and plants in view – all are means to meet physical, mental, and social needs via design.