This facility replaced the former domiciliary hostel which grew in response to a specific local need. Although not a “long term care” facility this Ministry of Health funded alternative was carefully designed to provide a seamless continuum of care to all but the very ill. The design features three 12 bedroom residences all linked to a Multi-Purpose Centre. Each congregate living unit includes private and semi-private bedrooms with ensuite barrier-free washrooms, living rooms with gas fireplaces, dining rooms, residential (servery) kitchens, bath/shower rooms, smoking lounges, and support spaces. One unit is designed specifically for the needs of the cognitively impaired and includes features such as a continuous walking path, personal display cabinets to facilitate way finding and personalization, open concept dining area and participatory kitchen for sharing of food preparation and consumption, special en-suite washroom design, and many other carefully considered features. Reports suggested that we achieved a significant calming effect on residents, and increased their level of security and interaction.