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Overall Goal:

Often by necessity, lounges support both formal and informal activities. The location will determine how the lounge is used and how often it is used. A secluded lounge at the end of a corridor will be underused no matter how elaborate the furnishings and equipment. If a lounge is located at the end of a corridor or other dead end location, consider trading spaces with a similar sized room in closer proximity to the central hub of the neighborhood, household or other more vibrant area of the home. Accommodate both passive and active functions in a lounge by providing varied seating arrangements throughout the room making sure to accommodate the resident who simply wants to sit in a quiet area and watch the activity as well as opportunities for engagement and spontaneous interaction.

Ideally, a lounge should be a LIVING room. Make sure that life happens here by understanding the preferences and needs of your residents. The room should be adaptable and ever-changing based on the interests of residents in your home.

Examples of low-cost ideas:

Electric non-heat producing fireplace: $250-$400
Photo printer: $50-$100
Reading Lamp: $10-$30
Movie subscription: $8-$20 per month
Slip covers: $30-$100
TV:  $100 - $400 on auction site
Daylight: $0