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W01: Coaching Workshop: Putting Evidence-Based Design into Practice for Person-Centered Care in Senior Living

When: April 15, 2023
Time: 8:00am Eastern
Price: $395
  • 6-hour workshop
  • Work one-on-one with a coach
  • Includes light breakfast and boxed lunch
  • Space is limited


EFA Conference + Expo is a three-day event that delivers design strategies for senior living, through educational conference sessions, deep dive workshops, and community tours.

What is evidence-based design (EBD) and how can you use this process to advance person-centered care in your practice or on your next project? This interactive and immersive workshop will introduce you to the EBD process and offers practical guidance to help you get started and inform your person-centered design thinking. As the industry rethinks the planning and design of senior living environments, learn how the EBD process can be applied to develop strategies and interventions to improve quality of living, care and work outcomes for residents and staff. 

This workshop is a blend of educational content and collaborative discussions. It is a unique opportunity to connect and converse with the co-chairs of the FGI’s Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care and Support Facilities – Addie, John & Gaius; and Chair Emeritus Jane Rohde. 

Once you register for this workshop, The Center for Health Design will use your responses in a questionnaire to match you with an industry expert who will provide individualized coaching tailored to your specific questions, issues and goals. Light snacks and a boxed lunch will be provided. In addition, each attendee receives a bundle of EBD books and resources from The Center for Health Design. Registration is $395/person. Space is limited.


Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the EBD process and its relevance for advancing the provision of person-centered healthcare.
  2. Recognize the link between design and outcomes, as well as the link between research and design innovation.
  3. Understand how to build the business case.
  4. Identify the next steps to put EBD into practice in LTC today.


Attendees will receive:

  • Free A Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-Based Design AND 40% discount off the EDAC Study Guides OR
  • A Practitioner's Guide to Evidence-Based Design AND A Visual Reference to Evidence-Based Design  


Presenting Faculty

Donna Deckard, BSN, MPA, EDAC
Director of Strategic Projects
The Center for Health Design




Maggie Calkins, PhD, EDAC
Board Chair
IDEAS Institute




Kansas State University, Center on Aging




JSR Associates Inc.




Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC
Organizational & Environmental Gerontologist 
Research Associate, The Center for Health Design



Gaius G. Nelson, NCARB, EDAC
Nelson-Tremain Partnership




John Shoesmith, AIA, NCARB, EDAC
Shoesmith Cox Architects






  • “It was a better learning experience than I expected, especially within a virtual format. The panelists are all so accomplished and clearly industry experts in this field. It was such a unique opportunity to have panelists of this caliber in such an intimate coaching environment -- and who were all so approachable. Amazing exposure to thought leaders; would highly recommend!”
  • “Loved being able to chat in a smaller setting to really discuss goals, thoughts, and coaching.”
  • "It was great having the opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned from experienced coaches."
  • "I like the pre-survey to match up coaches, it was great. I think the small groups (one or two people per coach) is a good strategy."
  • "Sharing and learning from a peer in this structured way was a rare and much appreciated format."
  • "It provided the platform for more direct conversation to ask questions and get direct feedback."
  • "Worth every penny! 1:1 coaching approach, excellent; size and flow of day, excellent."
  • "So many great perspectives and expertise offered. Gave me a deeper understanding of the EBD process."