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Robert Simonetti, AIA’s Insights on Innovation in Senior Living Facilities Design Published in Provider Magazine


The pandemic has highlighted the need for safer and more flexible spaces in senior living facilities. Leaders and staff of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are now rethinking traditional design to prioritize the safety and quality of life of the elderly. It’s great to see that Upstate New York is leading the way in innovative senior living theories, with many industry leaders in the area spurring a superior culture of care. It’s important that we continue to strive for progressive design concepts to ensure that our seniors are always living in the best possible environment.

In a recent article published by Provider magazine, LaBella’s Senior Living Studio Leader Robert Simonetti, AIA, highlighted innovation in senior living facilities design, with a special focus on the Green House model. These facilities are designed to be self-contained residential environments that prioritize a warm, smart, and green atmosphere. By creating open living areas and communal dining spaces that flow from residents’ bedrooms, Green House facilities are revolutionizing the traditional model of senior living.

Learn more about the Green House initiative and trends in senior living facilities design by reading the full article in Provider magazine.

Provider Magazine Article


About the Author
Robert Simonetti, AIA, LEED AP
Senior Living Studio Leader

Robert is a recognized leader in the senior housing market with strong connections to market influencers and industry experts. As the Senior Living Studio Leader at LaBella, he mentors on design and senior housing, as well as leads design award-winning project teams. Robert is skilled in sustainable design, master planning, and graphic design.

With over 30 years of experience, Robert has focused the last 15 years of his career on Small House models of care for skilled nursing occupancies. He has worked extensively with The Green House Project on several projects in the United States. A signature project for Robert involved transforming the Canandaigua VAMC Community Living Center campus into a series of Small House cottages that provide a range of long-term care, dementia care, hospice, respite, geropsychology, and rehabilitation services.