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The renovation of the Melville Residence, located in Alphaville (SP), was conducted by the Quitete & Faria Arquitetura office , which sought to solve the space limitations - 480 m² - and the structure of pillars and beams, to meet the proposed integration of environments , in addition to providing greater clarity to the construction.

In addition to the modifications in the existing structure, the professionals opted to widen the spans of the frames to brighten further the indoor environments which, before retirement, suffered from low light. "With a higher incidence of natural light , the solution also leads to greater energy savings," added Quite and Faria.

The architectural concept adopted for the Melville Residence is essentially contemporary, with neutral bases, straight and light lines, reflected in furniture and decorative objects whose alternating earthy tones combine with the creamy appearance of the floors and walls.To make the rooms cozier, the furniture and decorations chosen have straight lines that blend with neutral fabrics and textures Photo: Sidney Doll

According to the architects Ana Cristina Quite and Leonardo Faria, the most curious of the architectural project is the change of style, which resulted in the expansion of spaces, without provoking an increase in the built area of the property. "We better fit the arrangement of the layout in each room by just relocating some walls and distributing new openings between the rooms. These interventions completely transformed the original configuration of the residence, "they point out, noting that they did not intervene in the facade, just inside the Melville Residence.

How Should I Choose A Right Residence?

They visited all the residential centers in their area. From their own experience, they learned a lot, but it was a pity that they had not known before the recommendations provided by the Alzheimer's Association of Australia because it would have made a choice much more comfortable.

 First step: -

 When looking for a residential center, the first thing to do is ask the people you trust: your relatives, friends or neighbors, in case they have had personal experience with these centers.

 Ask your doctor, in case he knows a residence.

 If your relative is admitted to a hospital, ask the social worker for information in case he knows a residential center that can recommend you. The hospital staff can also help you move your loved one to the residential center.

 Second step:

 Visit the different residential centers.

 What do you have to pay attention to during your visit:

Quality Of Life

  • Do the staff treat the residents with respect?
  • How does the team encourage residents to participate in the activities organized by the center? Can the resident decide when they want to join?
  • The resident can choose what time he can get up, go to sleep or take a bath?
  • Can the resident receive visits at any time? Does the residential center let its relatives pass at any time?
  • Can the resident decorate his room with his objects?
  • The resident has enough privacy to be with his visitors.
  • The residential center organizes activities for residents.

 Quality of care offered to residents

  • Are the resident’s preferences taken into account in the care plan he receives?
  • If the resident has a need, can the routine be changed and covered?
  •  Can you have a copy of the care plan that our family member receives?
  • Does the residence have a doctor? What is your availability?
  • Do you have nurses? What is your availability? Are there any on call at night?
  • Do you have a physiotherapy service?
  • Do you have a cognitive stimulation program?
  • Do you have an individual plan for people with dementia?
  • How the staff handles behavioral disorders: ambulation, agitation, aggression, lack of motivation.
  • Do you know well what policy they have regarding the use of both physical and chemical restraints?


  • Is the residence near where the primary caregiver lives?
  • Do you have a garden or an open space where the resident can be?


  • Do you have enough team to provide the care my family member needs?
  • Are the people who take care of my family member always the same?
  • Do you have a social worker? Can I meet with him?


 Do you offer religious services?


  • Is the food you offer quality, varied and good?
  •  If your family member cannot eat for himself, does the staff take care of feeding him?
  •  Is the staff trained to supply people with dementia?
  • Can you know in advance the menu of each day?
  •  If my family member does not like the food, can they serve another dish?
  • Can residents get food and drink at any time?
  • If my relative has to follow a specific diet, does the residence facilitate it?

 Prevention Program

Do you have a plan to prevent diseases and keep residents in good health?

Do you have a podiatry service?

Do they take care of vaccinating them against the flu and pneumonia? Charges -Does the residential center provide in writing and detail the price of all services included in the monthly rate? – Do you have extra services, such as a hairdresser? Are the costs of additional services explicit? Security – Does the residence have sufficient security measures? – Are my relative’s belongings safe in his room? Residents, families, and satisfaction

 Can you talk to the staff, the residents and the families of the residents? Can you ask them if they are satisfied with the residence? Do you see them comfortable?

 Marta and her sisters, although they did not have this information, ended up choosing well. The first days were tough. The feeling of guilt did not leave them. His mother also took some time to get used to his new home.

 But the residence allowed his mother to go out every day: morning and afternoon. The activity that he liked the most. And when he suffered a crisis, he had the care of a doctor and several nurses, day and night. They felt all the support of the staff that took care of her.

 They were able to enter and leave the residence when they wanted. They stayed many nights with their mother, caressing her, giving her all their affection. In the end, his room became his home. That is the power of mothers, who flood all the places where they stay with heat. A heat that always longs for.

Tips on cheap decorating ideas for your new residence

Moving can be an excellent opportunity to renovate spaces, to get rid of those things that we no longer served or not used and to choose new criteria for decoration. When you enter your new home and observe boxes and objects everywhere, it’s when you ask yourself where to start. So that you do not lose your calm we will give you some tips that will help you to organize yourself:

  • Move the boxes to each of the previously designated rooms according to the labels they have: “kitchen,” “bathroom,” “bedroom,” etc.
  • Riding the beds is the most important since you need to sleep the first night.
  • Organize the furniture and larger appliances. Give priority to the refrigerator to be able to count on drinks and fresh foods and to the armchair so that you feel comfortable and perceive in this way a smaller disorder.
  • Once the above is solved, you can begin to place the details as picture frames, ornaments. It is the time to start decorating your new home. For this, keep in mind.