Goodwin House Small House Health Care Center Featured in “Future of Skilled Nursing Design” Report

March 9, 2018 – Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) has been identified as a frontrunner in shaping the future of skilled nursing design. In a recent report, Inside the Future of Skilled Nursing Design, Senior Housing News explores how good design can create the best possible resident experience for all involved and improve business outcomes. The report discusses design trends in senior living communities, specifically in resident rooms, common areas, technology and integration with the surrounding landscape. Located on the Goodwin House Alexandria campus, the Health Care Center is one of a handful of communities across the United States profiled in the report.

The GHA Health Care Center offers compassionate, person-centered care in the areas of skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and memory care. The small house approach is a departure from current institutional models of senior care and reflects a progressive philosophy, featuring architecture and organizational design that reflects individual needs.

Joshua Bagley, Administrator and Guide of the Small House Health Care Center, is one of three Goodwin House executives featured in the report. Bagley highlights how “embracing the small house model helped GHI fulfill one of its goals in care, which was to create a sense of home — to ‘completely remove the institution’ of the traditional sights, sounds and smells of a nursing home.”

In the course of designing the health care center, GHI conducted extensive interviews with residents and caregivers which led to innovations in the design of resident rooms and common areas. According to GHI President and CEO Kathy Anderson, the interviews affirmed the organization’s decision to “go big” on windows. “Natural light changes people’s outlooks,” said Anderson, “and it also changes the perception of distances. So by having larger windows in the hallway, the length of the hallway was perceived as shorter.”

The Senior Housing News report highlighted how GHI’s Small House model of care successfully combined innovative approaches to both design and care. “Organizations that aren’t adapting or changing,” said Joshua Bagley, “aren’t going to be around in five to 10 years. Listening and paying attention to small details helps shape an environment that meets needs of residents and provides quality care and a positive experience.”

Learn more about GHI’s innovative Small House Health Care Center:

About Goodwin House Incorporated:
Celebrating 50 years of providing exceptional service to older adults, GHI is a nonprofit, mission-based Virginia corporation. Today, the strength of GHI begins with its clear statements of mission, vision and values, the stability and integrity of its boards and executive leadership, and its reputation as a trusted partner and innovator in reimagining aging.

The growing family of GHI senior living communities and services owned and operated across Northern Virginia includes: two senior Life Plan Communities – Goodwin House Alexandria in Alexandria’s West End and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads in Falls Church, Fairfax County, and conveniently near Arlington; an innovative living at home life care and services program – Goodwin House at Home; a growing Medicare-certified service – Goodwin House Palliative Care and Hospice; and the new Goodwin House Small House Living and Health Care Center with a progressive model of senior care. GHI also is the management agent for The Lewinsville Retirement Residences, Inc. serving McLean and Great Falls, Virginia. GHI advances its mission through a 501(c)(3) supporting foundation that assists current and future residents in need and funds programs dedicated to seniors’ wellbeing and vibrant living. Learn more at

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