Road to Recovery: Person-Centered Design BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Trempealeau County Health Care Center

Nov 01, 2018

Trempealeau County Health Care Center (TCHCC) is a county-owned facility in Wisconsin. The planning and design of the facility emphasizes appropriate separation of risk level and age within five medical neighborhoods. The nursing home and institution for mental diseases recovery-based neighborhoods are arranged into multiple households to reduce scale and density. Thoughtful design accommodates decentralized clinical and support services to create a person-centered environment throughout which caregivers are immersed in the lives of their clients. Research and immersion led to a practical application of biophilic design and neuro-focused architecture through natural light; private internal courtyards for each neighborhood and household; a Towne Centre with healing and teaching gardens; educational and vocational spaces; and quality staff respite areas. The design team worked in collaboration with TCHCC to create an environment of care that matches the vision and delivery of the caregivers at TCHCC.

David Kimball, AIA (Wendel ADG, LLC)
The Academy Journal of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH)
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The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

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