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Standards for reducing risk of COVID-19 in senior living communities

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Standards for reducing risk of COVID-19 in senior living communities

AIA releases strategies and illustrations for the sector.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | July 8, 2020

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released strategies and illustrations recently that can help senior living communities mitigate risk of COVID-19.

The resources are part of AIA’s “Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings” initiative. AIA says the documents contain a set of strategies that can reduce risk for residents and staff while creating a more comfortable way of life that is supportive of overall wellbeing.

The resources include a 3D model—produced by RLPS Architects—and findings in a detailed report for administrators, design professionals, and public officials. The strategies are meant to work in conjunction with AIA’s other tools to assist senior living communities with mitigation measures to safely resume activities and reopen closed spaces. 

The tools include a seven-step Risk Management Plan for Buildings for assessing hazards and applying strategies that reduce risk and AIA’s Re-occupancy Assessment Tool, which provides a framework of strategies for making buildings safer.

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