Redesigning the nursing home system: health & design experts study COVID-19 spread, and how to stop it

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s not a group you’d expect to find working together, but some of the state’s top health care professionals and designers are searching for solutions to the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes.

“Design is a very creative process that considers the human needs of whoever you are designing it for, first and foremost,” Design Institute for Health Executive Director Stacey Chang told KXAN in May.

Chang leads the partnership between Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, breaking ground at the intersection of health care and design.

After the Austin City Council approved a resolution dedicating resources to long-term care facilities, Chang said they would begin looking at the root problems contributing to the spread of the virus and how to redesign the system to prevent it.

MORE: ‘We’re not moving fast enough’: Austin City Council to consider

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13 aesthetically-pleasing and stylish pet beds and houses that’ll match your home decor, Lifestyle News

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Having a four-legged pal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the aesthetics. Check out these stylish pet beds and houses that both you and your pets will approve of.

1. Urban modern design cat house, $199

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All sleek lines and curvature, design-conscious pet owners will love this contemporary cat cave – its small opening offers your cat privacy and a safe haven to snooze in. The top can also be opened for easy cleanup.

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2. Canvas pet teepee, $31.95 – $48.93

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Boho or rustic chic interiors? This adorable teepee would fit right in. According to the page, it’s ideal for small pets under 16.5lb (about 7.5kg) like cats, rabbits, puppies and smaller breeds of dogs. Available in two sizes.

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3. Petkit deep sleep pet mattress bed, $62 to $82

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We love memory foam and so will your pets. Especially if your interior aesthetics

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10 Disney-Themed Balcony Garden Ideas That’ll Make You Want To Sing

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At the beginning of quarantine, you may have made the decision to boot up Disney+ and watch every animated film ever released. You knew from the start it was a hefty task, but you had time to kill while staying safe at home and didn’t mind spending your afternoons with Mulan, Cinderella, Moana, and Tiana. Now, you want to make your home feel like one of the magical castles on your TV screen. Look no further than Disney-themed balcony garden ideas that will turn your space into “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

Simply put, these balcony garden ideas will make you feel like royalty. You’ll wake up in the morning, pour yourself a cup of iced coffee, and step out into the sunshine. You’ll be surrounded by adorable succulents and twinkly lights that complement each beam, and probably want to break out in song. Of course that might bug your

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Bright and beachy home is in prime Ormond location

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a house that is parked on the side of a building: This bright and beautiful beachside home is turnkey and in a prime Ormond Beach location. [Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors]


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This bright and beautiful beachside home is turnkey and in a prime Ormond Beach location. [Adams, Cameron & Co. Realtors]

This bright and beautiful beachside home is turnkey and in a prime location, just a short walk from the beach and right around the corner from a grocery store, dining and other shopping options. The spacious living room flows seamlessly into the dining area and kitchen, with Terrazzo flooring shining throughout the home. Two bedrooms share a full bath, while a third bedroom leads to the back patio and fenced yard. Some highlights include: a 2013 roof, 2015 Trane AC, accordion hurricane shutters on double-pane windows, an updated electric panel, stainless-steel appliances and an oversized one-car garage that also features a half-bath and laundry area.



a living room filled with furniture and a table: The spacious living room flows seamlessly into the dining area and kitchen, with Terrazzo flooring shining throughout the home.


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The spacious living room flows seamlessly into the dining area and kitchen, with

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Designing Dream Homes in Animal Crossing

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A peek inside the Animal Crossing dwelling of Jaime Brown, a real-life kitchen designer.

You enter Jaime Brown’s island at the airport, a rickety thing on a wooden pier out in the ocean with a single gate, staffed by two loquacious dodos. You walk on a long dirt path that winds through cliffs and waterfalls, past white roses and chrysanthemums, next to the occasional pink pansy. The structure comes into relief across a slatted bridge that crosses a little river filled with fish. It’s a light blue Tudor with a gray door that greets you with a wreath made of shells, a slate gray well just to the right, and a little seating area with a matching white birch couch and chair set on a white flagstone circle out front. It is unassuming, quaint, and quiet. Anyone who has attempted to create such a space in Animal Crossing: New Horizons,

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Everyone’s Buying This $14 Backyard Upgrade on Amazon

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After months holed up at home, we’re all enjoying spending as much time as possible outdoors this summer. Our backyards and patios have become our favorite places to work, eat, and relax, and we’re constantly looking for ways to upgrade these spaces—especially since lawn updates can help increase home value. One low-cost way to extend your time outside? Lighting. 

According to Amazon, the most popular outdoor decor product on its site right now is a battery-operated patio umbrella light. At just $14, it’s super-easy to use: You simply clamp it to your umbrella’s pole (or hang with attached hooks) and choose your brightness setting (there are three). Your alfresco evening is all set!

If aerial lighting isn’t your thing, there are many more outdoor options to consider, from West Elm’s glowing garland of festive string lights perfect for a patio to Hay’s easily camouflaged portable table

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Sticky notes on the bathroom door and wipes by the coffee pot. Employees find new rules as they return to the office.

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CHICAGO — When employees of Cushman & Wakefield started trickling back into the office Monday, they were given face masks, hand sanitizer and sticky notes.

The face masks and hand sanitizer were fairly obvious pandemic accoutrements, but the sticky notes?

The Chicago-based commercial real estate firm is using them to make sure there aren’t more than two people in a bathroom at a time.

“I’ve got a sticky, so when I go to the bathroom I put it on the door,” said Vicki Noonan, managing principal and Chicago market lead for the company. “There shouldn’t be more than two stickies on the door.”

Some offices are starting to reopen with a limited number of employees who are volunteering to return. As they do, companies are piloting new safety policies to protect workers from a health crisis that shows few signs of waning. The early steps, from practical safeguards to quirky

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These Gorgeous Wreaths Will Elevate Your Fall Decor

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Shia LaBeouf Selling Midcentury Home in Sherman Oaks for $2.25M

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Now that the actor Shia LaBeouf has picked up a posh new pad in Pasadena, CA, he’s ready to shed his longtime Sherman Oaks residence for $2.25 million.

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Now that the actor Shia LaBeouf has picked up a posh new pad in Pasadena, CA, he’s ready to shed his longtime Sherman Oaks residence. The “Transformers” star has listed his midcentury modern retreat for $2.25 million, Variety reports.

LaBeouf, 34, purchased the three-bedroom home in 2009 for $1,825,000.

Built in 1958, the home has a 2,463-square-foot layout that features walls of glass, an open floor plan, and exposed beams. The interior includes a sunken living room with a fireplace, and glass doors that access

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Shelter is a video streaming service about design and architecture

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There’s a new contender in the online video streaming market today that’s hoping to dominate a distinct niche of the content spectrum. A mix of nerdy and beautiful, the service focuses exclusively on architecture and design.

Featuring short and feature-length documentaries, design magazine video content, and its own original series, the service, named Shelter, aims to be a one-stop stream for the finest films about buildings.

Shelter was created by Dustin Clare, an Australian actor and producer known for his starring role in the Starz gladiator miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. The idea came from he and his wife’s interest in architecture and design—and the challenge of finding good shows and films about it. “It was really fairly disparate and in a lot of places and of really varying quality,” Clare says.

Pulling it all into one place, Clare says the service will have about 200 hours of

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