Imagine New Life in Octagon Center
In China, many elderly people reject nursing homes. Home-based elderly care is a traditional concept. However, considering the situation of an aging population and change of family structure. The exploration for elderly care and the improvement of the existing facilities are necessary. The interior layout of the original Octagon center is homogeneous with a dull corridor space. The centrally located nursing service room is similar to a hospital and the whole center is isolated from the community. So, there are three goals in our project. Rethink collective living, counter the medicalization of aging and make connections with the community. Since the center is privately managed, we imagine we would develop a brochure that simultaneously presents our proposed intervention to them but could also offer the Octagon center in Yuanling village as an example for a new approach to transform existing nursing homes into independent assisted living facilities. This manual will be promoted in Shenzhen, and even nationwide as a reference for other care centers.