House for an Alzheimer’s Patient
This project was initiated to house and accommodate the care of my grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s from 1994 to 2004. Plans were developed in 1997 to renovate a small residence acquired by a legal trust established for her care. Modifications, including 3’ door openings, a handicap equipped bathroom and exterior ramps, were necessary to allow movement on the ground floor of the house. Provisions were made to create line-of-sight access from virtually any point in the house to the centrally located bed, permitting the caregiver to move freely through the house while maintaining visual contact with the patient. This requirement generated the staircase hung from the ceiling without risers and the second floor mezzanine that wraps around the double height bedroom space.