Douglas House

The preservation of an historic structure provides appropriate and affordable life-long supportive housing for 15 survivors of brain injury (BI), featuring a barrier-free environment, access to community social life and ongoing life-skills training with 24-hour staff support and supervision. Federal, state, local and private funding allow 11 affordable and 4 market rate rentals. The 125 year old building details blend with a simple arrangement of private Units and public Common spaces in response to residents with short-term memory losses and mobility complications. Direct paths of circulation and a clear separation of functional rooms create an accessible, familiar Home that is easy to use by cognitively impaired residents, families, support staff, and general visitors alike. Exterior and interior barrier-free designs include an open Activity / Dining room, Main Kitchen, Parlor and Porch. Independent living Studios include an accessible “tea kitchen” and a fully equipped bathroom with sink-vanity storage and mirror, floor mounted toilet with grab bars, and a roll-in shower. The Lower Level, accessible by elevator and decorative stair, will be developed for future training and activity programs to enable survivors of brain injury to live with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence in the community.

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